Magnify Definition

magnified, magnifies, magnifying
magnified, magnifies, magnifying
To make greater in size, status, degree, etc.; enlarge or strengthen.
Webster's New World
To increase the volume of (sound).
American Heritage
To cause to seem or appear larger than is really so; increase the apparent size of, esp. by means of a lens or lenses.
Webster's New World
To make more intense or extreme.
High winds magnified the danger.
American Heritage
To cause to seem greater, more important, etc. than is really so; exaggerate.
To magnify one's sufferings.
Webster's New World

Origin of Magnify

  • Middle English magnifien to extol from Old French magnifier from Latin magnificāre from magnificus magnificent magnific

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French magnifier or its source, Latin magnificāre, from magnificus.

    From Wiktionary

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