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English verb: enlarge

1. enlarge (change) make larger

SamplesShe enlarged the flower beds.

ExamplesThey enlarge their earnings this year

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)increase

Narrower (hyponym)deepen, expand, ream

2. enlarge (change) make large

SamplesBlow up an image.

Synonymsblow up, magnify

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)increase

Domain categoryphotography, picture taking

Antonymsscale down, reduce

3. enlarge (change) become larger or bigger

ExamplesTheir earnings enlarge this year

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)grow

Narrower (hyponym)amplify, magnify

4. enlarge (communication) add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing

SamplesShe elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation.

ExamplesThey enlarge that there was a traffic accident

Synonymsdilate, elaborate, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)clarify, clear up, elucidate

Narrower (hyponym)detail, exemplify, exposit, expound, illustrate, instance, particularise, particularize, set forth, specialise, specialize, specify

Antonymsabbreviate, abridge, foreshorten, shorten, contract, reduce, cut

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