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1 make larger; "She enlarged the flower beds"
2 make large; "blow up an image" [syn: blow up, magnify] [ant: reduce]
3 become larger or bigger
4 add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing; "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation" [syn: elaborate, lucubrate, expatiate, exposit, flesh out, expand, expound, dilate] [ant: abridge]

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  1. make larger


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