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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Later the press bureau of the foreign ministry, so small before the war, was greatly enlarged and became the Nachrichtenabteilung.
▪ The Pentagon subsequently revamped and greatly enlarged its team looking into the issue.
▪ Potentially at least, the concept of man was here greatly enlarged.
▪ If this is a reasonable goal, we can thus greatly enlarge our vision.
▪ That was not in itself a new idea, but its content and significance were greatly enlarged by him.
▪ The size of the known world had, suddenly, been greatly enlarged.
▪ Their response has been to greatly enlarge the present building but they still feel they must plan to plant churches.
▪ And crucially, the whole idea of the twist is diluted in intensity but enlarged in scope.
▪ Each album benefited from and enlarged on an understanding of the others.
▪ Television is an indispensable medium for enlarging public understanding of an essential institution.
▪ Ask the Lord to guide their steps daily and to enlarge their understanding of his love.
▪ I'm going to get these two pictures enlarged.
▪ The left chamber of the heart often enlarges before there are other signs of heart failure.
▪ A horse's natural desire for affection can be extended and enlarged.
▪ I can feel the bone hard and resistant and enlarged.
▪ Instead, the glucose remains stored in the person's liver, which becomes enlarged.
▪ Its mystery somehow diminished life, or did it enlarge it by making life and its purpose more mysterious still.
▪ Terracing opposite the stand was enlarged to hold 24,000 spectators.
▪ The liberal politicians sigh with relief and continue their efforts to enlarge the welfare state.
▪ The pattern of the photo-reproductive screen is enlarged to become a characteristic painting stroke.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Enlarge \En*large"\, v. i.

  1. To grow large or larger; to be further extended; to expand; as, a plant enlarges by growth; an estate enlarges by good management; a volume of air enlarges by rarefaction.

  2. To speak or write at length; to be diffuse in speaking or writing; to expatiate; to dilate.

    To enlarge upon this theme.
    --M. Arnold.

  3. (Naut.) To get more astern or parallel with the vessel's course; to draw aft; -- said of the wind.


Enlarge \En*large"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Enlarged; p. pr. & vb. n. Enlarging.] [OF. enlargier; pref. en- (L. in) + F. large wide. See Large.]

  1. To make larger; to increase in quantity or dimensions; to extend in limits; to magnify; as, the body is enlarged by nutrition; to enlarge one's house.

    To enlarge their possessions of land.

  2. To increase the capacity of; to expand; to give free scope or greater scope to; also, to dilate, as with joy, affection, and the like; as, knowledge enlarges the mind.

    O ye Corinthians, our . . . heart is enlarged.
    --2 Cor. vi. 11.

  3. To set at large or set free. [Archaic]

    It will enlarge us from all restraints.

    Enlarging hammer, a hammer with a slightly rounded face of large diameter; -- used by gold beaters.

    To enlarge an order or To enlarge a rule (Law), to extend the time for complying with it.

    To enlarge one's self, to give free vent to speech; to spread out discourse. ``They enlarged themselves on this subject.''

    To enlarge the heart, to make free, liberal, and charitable.

    Syn: To increase; extend; expand; spread; amplify; augment; magnify. See Increase.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., "grow fat, increase" (intrans.); c.1400, "make larger" (trans.), from Old French enlargier "to widen, increase, make larger," from en- "make, put in" (see en- (1)) + large (see large). Meaning "expand in words, speak at large" is from 1650s. Related: Enlarged; enlarging.


vb. 1 (context transitive English) To make larger. 2 (context transitive English) To increase the capacity of; to expand; to give free scope or greater scope to; also, to dilate, as with joy, affection, etc. 3 (context intransitive English) To speak at length ''upon'' or ''on'' (some subject) 4 (context archaic English) To release; to set at large. 5 (context nautical English) To get more astern or parallel with the vessel's course; to draw aft; said of the wind. 6 (context legal English) To extend the time allowed for compliance with (an order or rule).

  1. v. make larger; "She enlarged the flower beds"

  2. make large; "blow up an image" [syn: blow up, magnify] [ant: reduce]

  3. become larger or bigger

  4. add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing; "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation" [syn: elaborate, lucubrate, expatiate, exposit, flesh out, expand, expound, dilate] [ant: abridge]

Usage examples of "enlarge".

On examination, we found a very varicose or enlarged condition of the left spermatic veins, and gave it as our opinion that the seminal loss was wholly due to this abnormal condition and could only be cured by an operation that would remove the varicocele.

The Constitution does not authorize Congress to enlarge or abridge those rights.

It has been subsequently held many times that municipal corporations are mere instrumentalities of the State for the more convenient administration of local governments, whose powers may be enlarged, abridged, or entirely withdrawn at the pleasure of the legislature.

The enlarged flyby surveillance photograph hanging on the wall showed in grainy black and white the cabin and its grounds, including the wide, elevated back porch on which Glenn Abies could be seen standing, small but unmistakable, giving the helicopter the finger.

Justinian was enlarged by the splendid acquisition of Africa and Italy.

Platonic school were used as the badges of popular factions, and the distance which separated their respective tenets were enlarged or magnified by the acrimony of dispute.

Though usually in such cases the growth is of an unbalanced or localized sort, as in acromegaly, where the bones of the hands or jaw become abnormally enlarged.

But with the incidence of acromegaly, the extremities continue to become enlarged, the hands and feet, the bones and cutaneous tissues of the face.

The nation becomes an enlarged individual whose special purpose is that of human amelioration, and in whose life every individual should find some particular but essential function.

The cells represented in division B are amyloid concretions, found where there is an enlarged prostate gland.

There seems to be some sort of asymptotic phenomenon that takes over when we enlarge.

Spitzka and others demonstrate that in such cases other parts of the brain enlarge to compensate for the atrophic portion which is connected with the functionless nerves.

Almighty enable you to lend a fresh and unprecedented impetus to the onward march of the Faith, revive the spirit of its supporters, enlarge its limits, multiply its local institutions, consolidate its foundations, safeguard its rights, spread abroad its fame, and aid its followers to discharge befittingly their responsibilities, and concentrate on the attainment of the objectives of the Ten-Year Plan, on which the immediate destiny of the entire community depends.

To define a gene as a single cistron is good for some purposes, but for the purposes of evolutionary theory it needs to be enlarged.

I would give you would be this: write an answer to their letter, and tell them that you have no objection to the taking in of a new partner, but you think it would be proper to revise all the copartnery, especially as you have, considering the manner in which you have advanced the business, been of opinion, that your share should be considerably enlarged.