verb mag·ni·fy \ˈmag-nə-ˌfī\

: to make (something) greater

: to make (something) seem greater or more important than it is

: to make (something) appear larger


Full Definition of MAGNIFY

transitive verb
a :  extol, laud
b :  to cause to be held in greater esteem or respect
a :  to increase in significance :  intensify
b :  exaggerate <magnifies every minor issue to crisis proportions>
:  to enlarge in fact or in appearance
intransitive verb
:  to have the power of causing objects to appear larger than they are

Examples of MAGNIFY

  1. The sound was magnified by the calm air.
  2. His failures have been magnified by the success of his friends.
  3. I don't want to magnify the importance of these problems.
  4. The lens magnified the image 100 times.
  5. a magnified view of the image

Origin of MAGNIFY

Middle English magnifien, from Anglo-French magnifier, from Latin magnificare, from magnificus
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with MAGNIFY

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verb mag·ni·fy \ˈmag-nə-ˌfī\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MAGNIFY

transitive verb
:  to enlarge in appearance
intransitive verb
:  to have the power of causing objects to appear larger than they are


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