enlarge

When you enlarge something, you make it bigger. If you build a huge addition on the side of your house, you enlarge it.

You can enlarge a sand castle by dumping another bucket of sand on it, or enlarge your hairdo by curling and teasing it. When a photographer enlarges a photograph, she blows it up, or prints a much larger copy of it, and you can also enlarge an idea, or someone's understanding of it, by clarifying or explaining it. The Old French root of enlarge is enlargier, "to widen, increase, or make larger."

Definitions of enlarge
  1. verb
    make larger
    “She enlarged the flower beds”
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    expand
    make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity
    ream
    enlarge with a reamer
    deepen
    make deeper
    develop
    expand in the form of a series
    blow up, inflate
    fill with gas or air
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    increase
    make bigger or more
  2. verb
    make large
    synonyms: blow up, magnify
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    Antonyms:
    reduce, scale down
    make smaller
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    increase
    make bigger or more
  3. verb
    become larger or bigger
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    amplify, magnify
    increase in size, volume or significance
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    grow
    become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain
  4. verb
    add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
    synonyms: dilate, elaborate, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate
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    Antonyms:
    abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten
    reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
    cut, edit, edit out
    cut and assemble the components of
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    detail
    provide details for
    exposit, expound, set forth
    state
    exemplify, illustrate, instance
    clarify by giving an example of
    particularise, particularize, specialise, specialize, specify
    be specific about
    depict, describe, draw
    give a description of
    premise
    set forth beforehand, often as an explanation
    spell out
    make explicit; specify in detail
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    clarify, clear up, elucidate
    make clear and (more) comprehensible
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