verb (used with object), en·larged, en·larg·ing.

  1. to make larger; increase in extent, bulk, or quantity; add to: They enlarged the house by adding an east wing.
  2. to increase the capacity or scope of; expand: We’ve decided to enlarge the company.
  3. to make (a photographic print) larger than the negative by projecting the negative’s image through a lens onto photographic printing paper.

verb (used without object), en·larged, en·larg·ing.

  1. to grow larger; increase; expand.
  2. to speak or write at large; expatiate: to enlarge upon a point.


  1. to make or grow larger in size, scope, etc; increase or expand
  2. (tr) to make (a photographic print) of a larger size than the negative
  3. (intr; foll by on or upon) to speak or write (about) in greater detail; expatiate (on)

mid-14c., “grow fat, increase;” c.1400, “make larger,” from Old French enlargier “to make large,” from en- “make, put in” (see en- (1)) + large (see large). Related: Enlarged; enlarging.

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