- Magnify is defined as to make something larger or more important, or to increase the perceived size of something.
- An example of magnify is to turn a little problem into a huge fight.
- An example of magnify is for a microscope to make a tiny cell look a lot bigger.
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- Rare to make greater in size, status, or importance; enlarge
- to cause to seem greater, more important, etc. than is really so; exaggerate: to magnify one's sufferings
- to cause to seem larger than is really so; increase the apparent size of, esp. by means of a lens or lenses
- Archaic to glorify; praise; extol
Origin: Middle English magnifien from Old French magnifier from Classical Latin magnificare, to make much of, esteem highly, LL(Ec), to worship from magnus, great (see magni-) plush facere, to make, do
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verb mag·ni·fied, mag·ni·fy·ing, mag·ni·fies verb, transitive
- To make greater in size; enlarge.
- To cause to appear greater or seem more important than is in fact the case; exaggerate: You have grossly magnified a trivial situation. See Synonyms at exaggerate.
- To increase the apparent size of, especially by means of a lens.
- To glorify or praise.
Origin: Middle English magnifien, to extol, from Old French magnifier, from Latin magnificāre, from magnificus, magnificent; see magnific.
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