Definition of enlarge verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    enlarge

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈlɑːdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈlɑːrdʒ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they enlarge
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈlɑːdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈlɑːrdʒ//
     
    he / she / it enlarges
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈlɑːdʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈlɑːrdʒɪz//
     
    past simple enlarged
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈlɑːdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈlɑːrdʒd//
     
    past participle enlarged
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈlɑːdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈlɑːrdʒd//
     
    -ing form enlarging
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈlɑːdʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈlɑːrdʒɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] enlarge (something) to make something bigger; to become bigger There are plans to enlarge the recreation area. Reading will enlarge your vocabulary.
  2. 2[transitive, usually passive] enlarge something to make a bigger copy of a photograph or document We're going to have this picture enlarged.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (formerly also as inlarge): from Old French enlarger, from en- (expressing a change of state) + large ‘large’.Extra examples The castle was enlarged considerably in the fifteenth century. The gallery is seeking to enlarge its holdings of Danish art. The images were enlarged to the size of a wall of a room. Symptoms may include a sore throat and enlarged glands. The little blisters enlarge and eventually burst to form ulcers. We’re going to have this picture enlarged. Phrasal Verbsenlarge on something
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