The act of increasing in size or bulk, real or apparent; the state of being increased; augmentation; further extension; expansion.
Expansion or extension, as of the powers of the mind; ennoblement, as of the feelings and character; as, an enlargement of views, of knowledge, of affection.
Up to ten 'candidate countries' are expected to join the EU in 2004. Apart from Cyprus and Malta they are in central and eastern Europe. Romania and Bulgaria are expected to join later (perhaps in 2007), and Turkey's candidature has also been recognised.