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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make larger; add to.
  • transitive v. To give greater scope to; expand. See Synonyms at increase.
  • intransitive v. To become larger; grow.
  • intransitive v. To speak or write at greater length or in greater detail; elaborate: enlarged upon the plan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make larger.
  • v. To speak at length upon or on (some subject)
  • v. To release; to set at large.
  • v. To get more astern or parallel with the vessel's course; to draw aft; said of the wind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To grow large or larger; to be further extended; to expand
  • intransitive v. To speak or write at length; to be diffuse in speaking or writing; to expatiate; to dilate.
  • intransitive v. To get more astern or parallel with the vessel's course; to draw aft; -- said of the wind.
  • transitive v. To make larger; to increase in quantity or dimensions; to extend in limits; to magnify
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To set at large or set free.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make larger; add to; increase in extent, bulk, or quantity; extend; augment: as, to enlarge a building or a business.
  • To increase the capacity or scope of; expand; make more comprehensive.
  • To increase in appearance; magnify to the eye.
  • To set at large or at liberty; give freedom or scope to; release from limitation, confinement, or pressure.
  • To state at large; expatiate upon: in this sense now followed by on or upon. See II., 2.
  • To awaken strong religious feeling in; “enlarge the heart” of; hence, to move to utterance; cause or permit to expatiate: often reflexive.
  • In old law, to give further time to; extend, postpone, or continue: as, to enlarge a rule or an order.
  • To grow large or larger; increase; dilate; expand: as, a plant enlarges by growth; an estate enlarges by good management.
  • To speak at large; be diffuse in speaking or writing; expatiate; amplify: with on or upon.
  • To exaggerate.
  • In photography, to make enlargements; practise solar printing. See enlargement, 8.
  • To cause (a horse) to spread his legs wider apart, so as to prevent him from interfering.
  • n. Freedom; liberty; enlargement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make larger
  • v. add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
  • v. make large
  • v. become larger or bigger

Etymologies

Middle English enlargen, from Old French enlargier : en-, causative pref.; see en-1 + large, large; see large.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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