Definition of enlargement in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The action or state of enlarging or being enlarged.

    ‘talks on the enlargement of the EU’
    [count noun] ‘nine new stores and two major enlargements are planned’
    • ‘I don't think enlargement in itself is going to impact our common work.’
    • ‘As a result of enlargement, employment prospects would improve both here and in those countries.’
    • ‘EU officials argue the building is necessary to cope with the union's enlargement to 25 countries.’
    • ‘In plants, the direction of cell enlargement determines the shape of leaves.’
    • ‘"This will probably delay the ongoing enlargement of the airport, " local media reported.’
    • ‘Mr Martin said enlargement offered great opportunities for companies based here to seek out new markets.’
    • ‘The eastern enlargement of the EU takes place against the background of growing transatlantic tensions.’
    • ‘In sum, the changes prompted by enlargement will have a major impact upon the future shape and identity of the Union.’
    • ‘Everybody has agreed on the necessity of enlargement and the challenge now will be to make it work successfully.’
    • ‘But these changes are necessary for enlargement, and they are not particularly major.’
    • ‘A plant's growth in size is both by cell enlargement and cell division.’
    • ‘Severe difficulties can arise within 10 years, if steps are not taken to reduce enlargement of the prostate gland.’
    • ‘The disease can cause fever, weight loss, enlargement of the spleen and liver and, in the most extreme cases, death.’
    • ‘The Minister emphasised that Ireland is, in principle, strongly committed to enlargement.’
    • ‘Cell enlargement is also a major feature of plant growth, as we shall see.’
    • ‘The clinics need more space and more services could be made available there if enlargement was to take place.’
    • ‘In adults, growth hormone causes enlargement of soft tissues throughout the body.’
    • ‘Occasionally, the increased blood volume also causes congestion and enlargement of the spleen or liver.’
    • ‘Pressure on farm incomes is a major factor, together with the need for enlargement of holdings in order to survive.’
    expansion, growth, increase in size, extension, amplification, augmentation, topping up, building up, addition, supplementing
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  • 2A photograph that is larger than the original negative or an earlier print.

    • ‘I went to pick up my enlargements from the photo shop and discovered the negatives got mixed up and all but 2 of the prints were wrong!’
    • ‘Beginning in 1944, to solve problems of scale, he relied on his local drugstore for photographic enlargements of pictures clipped from magazines.’
    • ‘Unless we're working with digital images and a photo quality printer or can afford the expense of enlargements from a photo lab, we are forced to work with the photographs sitting in front of us.’
    • ‘Besides enlargements and photo developing, they can produce a CD of photos.’
    • ‘As she handed out photo enlargements of the underwater laboratory, she started to explain.’
    • ‘Photographic enlargements of studios of famous artists at the beginning of the 1900s provide the background to a selection of objects that are similar to those these artiste might have owned.’
    • ‘The other thing to keep your interest and pride in your work on the up is to make some enlargements of your better photos.’
    • ‘He remembers planners using enlargements of his panoramic photos to model a contested expressway that would have linked the city's airports.’
    • ‘Keep your interest and pride in your work by making enlargements of your better photos.’
    • ‘But the results are terrific, allowing quality enlargements far beyond the dreams of digital cameras or lesser scanners.’
    • ‘The next issue of the magazine carried a full-page enlargement of the same photograph.’
    • ‘Expensive for most, but economical for people who print enlargements frequently.’
    • ‘Prints, preferably enlargements to 12"X10", both colour and black and white and slides are needed, so bring along your favourites both old and new.’
    • ‘Unfortunately the original negatives are unavailable and the enlargements have been copied from prints.’
    • ‘The final grab is an enlargement of a blurry photograph of the two of them together.’
    • ‘They were so impressed that they offered to print these enlargements free of cost for this exhibition, he says.’
    • ‘Most of the pictures are grainy black-and-white enlargements of ancient snapshots.’
    • ‘My parents only have a very small selection of wedding photos, and the only framed one being not a very good enlargement.’
    • ‘They are offering half price for enlargements printed for the Photo Exhibition.’
    • ‘The slower the film speed means the colours are better and the grain is less noticeable, which makes for better enlargements.’
    blow-up, magnification, large print
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