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 And rapidly expanding debt loads in developing countries, particularly Africa, will only magnify the difficulties. Alonso Soto, Bloomberg.com, "The Ticking Debt Bomb in Africa Threatens a Global Explosion," 17 June 2020 Their push to improve their standing during the restart’s eight regular-season games will further magnify any late miscues. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "NBA restart central: A full return-to-play schedule, the latest developments and Mavericks notes to remember," 14 June 2020 As unemployment continues to balloon, Miller says that the already intense social isolation people feel could magnify, leading to self-destructive behaviors. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "A mental health crisis is unfolding in the workplace. COVID-19 and racial injustice are to blame," 6 June 2020 Recessions also magnify the disparities within a graduating class, with those who are set to earn less in wages experiencing stronger and longer-term losses in earnings. Josh Eibelman, The Christian Science Monitor, "They have a degree, but what about a job? Recent grads get creative.," 3 June 2020 The challenges are magnified in states like Oklahoma that have opted against expanding Medicaid for the working poor, as encouraged under the Affordable Care Act, hospital advocates and researchers say. Brianna Bailey, ProPublica, "The Only Hospital in Town Was Failing. They Promised to Help but Only Made It Worse.," 4 June 2020 This trend isn’t new, but it has been magnified during the fight against the novel coronavirus. Todd Myers, WSJ, "When Covid ‘Science’ Is a Smokescreen," 27 May 2020 These five needs apply at all times but are magnified in crisis. 1. Eva Sage-gavin, Quartz at Work, "Five things the people in your company need now," 19 May 2020 Why singing may pose a special hazard The concern of scientists is what's put into the air when somebody sings – and how that's magnified when a group of people sings. Deon J. Hampton, Cincinnati.com, "'Never faced anything like this.' Will COVID-19 silence singers until there's a vaccine?," 11 May 2020

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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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25 Jun 2020

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“Magnify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnify. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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magnify

verb
How to pronounce magnify (audio)

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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