magnify

verb
mag·​ni·​fy | \ ˈmag-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce magnify (audio) \
magnified; magnifying

Definition of magnify

transitive verb

1a : extol, laud while they magnified the art, they often belittled the artist— Havelock Ellis
b : to cause to be held in greater esteem or respect
2a : to increase in significance : intensify real drama … will use ugliness to magnify beauty— Alan Mickle
b : exaggerate magnifies every minor issue to crisis proportions
3 : to enlarge in fact or in appearance The lens magnified the image 100 times.

intransitive verb

: to have the power of causing objects to appear larger than they are a glass that magnifies greatly

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Examples of magnify in a Sentence

The sound was magnified by the calm air. His failures have been magnified by the success of his friends. I don't want to magnify the importance of these problems. The lens magnified the image 100 times. a magnified view of the image
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Recent Examples on the Web To further magnify what the Olympics can mean for a sport, First Lady Jill Biden was in the stands on the first night to watch Team USA in action. Eddie Pells, Star Tribune, 26 July 2021 While there are various and complex factors that came together to magnify this specific event, NASA scientist Dr. Peter Kalmus says the extreme heat wave is evidence of our escalating climate crisis. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, 8 July 2021 The economic benefit of commodity exports is obvious, and the Taiwan opportunity should magnify for the Biden administration the additional value LNG can create in both shoring up the liberal order and reducing emissions. Jordan Mcgillis, National Review, 15 June 2021 In that case, as Andrew Prokop pointed out last month, making internal GOP politics a sustained referendum on anti-Trumpism might just magnify his power, help his worst loyalists win primaries, and increase his capacity to demand destructive things. Ross Douthat New York Times, Star Tribune, 7 June 2021 Any of these types of fatigue tends to magnify how effortful tasks feel, Pychyl says. Sarah Digiulio, Good Housekeeping, 5 June 2021 This would magnify losses at a time when the investor is taking withdrawals, a combination that can deplete a nest egg. Anne Tergesen, WSJ, 4 June 2021 Melissa Eisler coaches high-performing leaders ranging from C-suite to mid-management to discover new ways to reach and magnify success. Melissa Eisler, Forbes, 24 June 2021 More frequent extreme weather could magnify the trend. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 29 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of magnify

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for magnify

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

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The first known use of magnify was in the 14th century

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“Magnify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnify. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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magnify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of magnify

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

magnify

verb
mag·​ni·​fy | \ ˈmag-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce magnify (audio) \
magnified; magnifying

Kids Definition of magnify

1 : to enlarge in fact or appearance A microscope magnifies an object seen through it.
2 : to cause to seem greater or more important : exaggerate The problem has been magnified by rumors.

magnify

verb
mag·​ni·​fy | \ ˈmag-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce magnify (audio) \
magnified; magnifying

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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