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verb mag·ni·fy \ˈmag-nə-ˌfī\

Definition of magnify

magnified

;

magnifying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  extol, laud while they magnified the art, they often belittled the artist — Havelock Ellisb :  to cause to be held in greater esteem or respect

  3. 2a :  to increase in significance :  intensify real drama … will use ugliness to magnify beauty — Alan Mickleb :  exaggerate magnifies every minor issue to crisis proportions

  4. 3 :  to enlarge in fact or in appearance The lens magnified the image 100 times.

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to have the power of causing objects to appear larger than they are a glass that magnifies greatly

Examples of magnify in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of magnify

Middle English magnifien, from Anglo-French magnifier, from Latin magnificare, from magnificus


First Known Use: 14th century



MAGNIFY Defined for English Language Learners

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verb mag·ni·fy \ˈmag-nə-ˌfī\

Definition of magnify for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) greater

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

  • : to make (something) appear larger


MAGNIFY Defined for Kids

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verb mag·ni·fy \ˈmag-nə-ˌfī\

Definition of magnify for Students

magnified

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magnifying

  1. 1 :  to enlarge in fact or appearance A microscope magnifies an object seen through it.

  2. 2 :  to cause to seem greater or more important :  exaggerate The problem has been magnified by rumors.


Medical Dictionary

magnify

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verb mag·ni·fy \ˈmag-nə-ˌfī\

Medical Definition of magnify

magnified

;

magnifying

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to enlarge in appearance

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to have the power of causing objects to appear larger than they are



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