- 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.
A lens has been used to magnify this type.
transitive verbmagnified, magnifying
- 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 of magnifyMiddle English magnifien ; from Old French magnifier ; from Classical Latin magnificare, to make much of, esteem highly, Ecclesiastical Late Latin to worship ; from magnus, great (see magni-) + facere, to make, do
verbmag·ni·fied, mag·ni·fy·ing, mag·ni·fies
- a. To increase the apparent size of (an object), especially by means of a lens, instrument, or device.b. To increase the volume of (sound): “Canyons magnified the thunder” (John Vernon).
- To make more intense or extreme: High winds magnified the danger.
- To cause to appear greater, more important, or more extreme than is in fact the case: Her mistakes were magnified in the tabloid press. See Synonyms at exaggerate.
- Archaic To glorify or praise.
Origin of magnifyMiddle English magnifien, to extol, from Old French magnifier, from Latin magnificāre, from magnificus, magnificent; see magnific.
(third-person singular simple present magnifies, present participle magnifying, simple past and past participle magnified)
- To praise, glorify (someone or something, especially god). [from 14th c.]
- To make (something) larger or more important. [from 14th c.]
- To make (someone or something) appear greater or more important than it is; to intensify, exaggerate. [from 17th c.]
- To make (something) appear larger by means of a lens, magnifying glass, telescope etc. [from 17th c.]
- minify (opposite)