- (v. t.) 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.
- (v. t.) 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.
- (v. t.) To set at large or set free.
- (v. i.) To grow large or larger; to be further extended; to expand; as, a plant enlarges by growth; an estate enlarges by good management; a volume of air enlarges by rarefaction.
- (v. i.) To speak or write at length; to be diffuse in speaking or writing; to expatiate; to dilate.
- (v. i.) To get more astern or parallel with the vessel's course; to draw aft; -- said of the wind.
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- (a.) Relating to a genus or kind; pertaining to a whole class or order; as, a general law of animal or vegetable economy.
- (a.) Comprehending many species or individuals; not special or particular; including all particulars; as, a general inference or conclusion.
- (a.) Not restrained or limited to a precise import; not specific; vague; indefinite; lax in signification; as, a loose and general expression.
- (a.) Common to many, or the greatest number; widely spread; prevalent; extensive, though not universal; as, a general opinion; a general custom.
- (a.) Having a relation to all; common to the whole; as, Adam, our general sire.
- (a.) As a whole; in gross; for the most part.
- (a.) Usual; common, on most occasions; as, his general habit or method.
- (a.) The whole; the total; that which comprehends or relates to all, or the chief part; -- opposed to particular.
- (a.) One of the chief military officers of a government or country; the commander of an army, of a body of men not less than a brigade. In European armies, the highest military rank next below field marshal.
- (a.) The roll of the drum which calls the troops together; as, to beat the general.
- (a.) The chief of an order of monks, or of all the houses or congregations under the same rule.
- (a.) The public; the people; the vulgar.
- (n.) One who gathers after reapers.
- (n.) One who gathers slowly with labor.