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ENL'ARGE, verb transitive enlarj. [from large.] To make greater in quantity or dimensions; to extend in limits, breadth or side; to expand in bulk. Every man desires to enlarge his possessions; the prince, his dominions. and the landholder, his farm. The body is enlarged by nutrition, and a good man rejoices to enlarge the sphere of his benevolence.

God shall enlarge Japhet. Genesis 9:27.

1. To dilate; to expand; as with joy or love.

O ye, Corinthians, our mouth is open to you, our

heart is enlarged.

2. To expand; to make more comprehensive. Science enlarges the mind.

3. To increase in appearance; to magnify to the eye; as by a glass.

4. To set at liberty; to release from confinement or pressure.

5. To extend in a discourse; to diffuse in eloquence.

They enlarged themselves on this subject.

In this application, the word is generally intransitive.

6. To augment; to increase; to make large or larger, in a general sense; a word of general application.

To enlarge the heart, may signify to open and expand in good will; to make free, liberal and charitable.

ENL'ARGE, verb intransitive enlarj. To grow large or larger; to extend; to dilate; to expand. A plant enlarges by growth; an estate enlarges by good management; a volume of air enlarges by rarefaction.

1. To be diffuse in speaking or writing; to expatiate. I might enlarge on this topic.

2. To exaggerate.