En·large v. t. [imp. & p. p. Enlarged p. pr. & vb. n. Enlarging ]
1. To make larger; to increase in quantity or dimensions; to extend in limits; to magnify; as, the body is enlarged by nutrition; to enlarge one's house.
To enlarge their possessions of land. --Locke.
2. 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; as, knowledge enlarges the mind.
O ye Corinthians, our . . . heart is enlarged. --2 Cor. vi. 11.
3. To set at large or set free. [Archaic]
It will enlarge us from all restraints. --Barrow.
Enlarging hammer, a hammer with a slightly rounded face of large diameter; -- used by gold beaters. --Knight.
To enlarge an order or To enlarge a rule Law, to extend the time for complying with it. --Abbott.
To enlarge one's self, to give free vent to speech; to spread out discourse. “They enlarged themselves on this subject.” --Clarendon.
To enlarge the heart, to make free, liberal, and charitable.
Syn: -- To increase; extend; expand; spread; amplify; augment; magnify. See Increase.