Definitions for: Enlarge

[v] make larger; "She enlarged the flower beds"
[v] become larger or bigger
[v] (photography) make large; "blow up an image"
[v] 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"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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. --Locke.

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. --Barrow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Synonyms: blow up, dilate, elaborate, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate

Antonyms: reduce, scale down

See Also: amplify, clarify, clear up, deepen, detail, elucidate, exemplify, expand, grow, illustrate, increase, instance, magnify, particularise, particularize, ream, set forth, specialise, specialize, specify

Try our:
Scrabble Word Finder

Scrabble Cheat

Words With Friends Cheat

Hanging With Friends Cheat

Scramble With Friends Cheat

Ruzzle Cheat