Magnify meaning

măgnə-fī
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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To cause to appear greater, more important, or more extreme than is in fact the case.

Her mistakes were magnified in the tabloid press.

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To make more intense or extreme.

High winds magnified the danger.

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To cause to seem greater, more important, etc. than is really so; exaggerate.

To magnify one's sufferings.

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To cause to seem or appear larger than is really so; increase the apparent size of, esp. by means of a lens or lenses.
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To glorify; praise; extol.
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To have the power of increasing the apparent size of an object, as a microscope or telescope does.
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To praise, glorify (someone or something, especially god). [from 14th c.]
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To make (something) larger or more important. [from 14th c.]
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To make (someone or something) appear greater or more important than it is; to intensify, exaggerate. [from 17th c.]
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To make (something) appear larger by means of a lens, magnifying glass, telescope etc. [from 17th c.]
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To glorify or praise.
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To increase or have the power to increase the size or volume of an image or a sound.
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To make greater in size, status, degree, etc.; enlarge or strengthen.
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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