Definition of enlarge in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈlɑːdʒ/
Pronunciation: /ɛnˈlɑːdʒ/


1Make or become larger or more extensive: [with object]: recently my son enlarged our garden pond (as adjective enlarged) an enlarged spleen
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  • The owners have had the property enlarged and carried out extensive modernisation.
  • The liver and spleen may enlarge, so that they can be felt on either side, just below the ribs.
  • Mr Bullimore said the farmer had a pond on his land enlarged and fenced off a 50m by 25m enclosure.
make/become bigger, make/become larger, make/become greater, increase in size, grow, expand;
extend, amplify, augment, top up, build up, add to, supplement;
magnify, intensify, multiply;
stretch, swell, distend, bloat, bulge, dilate, snowball, mushroom, blow up, puff up, fatten, fill out, balloon;
widen, make/become wider, broaden, make/become broader, lengthen, elongate, make/become longer, deepen, make/become deeper, thicken, make/become thicker
informal jumboize
literary wax
rare tumefy, intumesce, protuberate
1.1 [with object] Develop a larger print of (a photograph): very often a favourite photograph is enlarged and framed
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  • The photographs were then enlarged and the diameters were determined by scale measurements from the size marker.
  • By clicking on each image, the physician can further enlarge the photograph to full screen size.
  • She was on her way back from the forensics lab where she used their dark room to enlarge the photo of their suspect.

Phrasal verbs

enlarge on/upon

Speak or write about (something) in greater detail: I would like to enlarge on this theme
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  • The same authors wrote both books, enlarging upon the first with new information, and ending with the 1940s rather than about 1920.
  • Before discussing how he proposed to get from the state of nature to civil society, it is worth enlarging on the details of the argument, all of which have proved contentious for generations of Hobbes's readers.
  • In the second, Sayers develops and enlarges upon a number of the central themes of her understanding of Christianity.
elaborate on, expand on, add to, build on, flesh out, add flesh to, put flesh on the bones of, add detail to, expatiate on;
supplement, reinforce, augment, extend, broaden, develop, fill out, embellish, embroider, enhance, amplify, refine, improve, polish, perfect


Middle English (formerly also as inlarge): from Old French enlarger, from en- (expressing a change of state) + large 'large'.

Words that rhyme with enlarge

barge, charge, large, marge, raj, reportage, sarge, sparge, Swaraj, taj, undercharge

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Line breaks: en|large

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