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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Brinson’s struggles have only been magnified with the immense success of Yelich. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "As struggles continue, fixing Lewis Brinson’s swing has been a ‘battle’ for Marlins," 10 Sep. 2019 But on Monday, Michoacan Gov. Silvano Aureoles denied there was any resurgence of the vigilante movement, saying the confrontations had been magnified and were turf battles between drug gangs. Washington Post, "Mexican official denies vigilante movement has reignited," 5 Sep. 2019 And then over time your risk gets magnified, as this global jihadist threat has multiple theaters from which to operate. CBS News, "Transcript: Michael Vickers talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 28 Aug. 2019 Such is life for college football's biggest star, where every mistake will be magnified by the weight of expectations. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Now the face of college football, Clemson's Trevor Lawrence getting used to spotlight," 26 Aug. 2019 Those calls have been magnified in recent days thanks to O’Rourke’s remarks in the wake of the recent mass shooting in El Paso, where his former congressional district was based. Michael Arceneaux, Essence, "Opinion: Instead Of Begging Beto To Run For Senate, Support The Women Running," 7 Aug. 2019 However, the change in system allowed Jota to magnify his strengths, repaying his manager shortly after with a hat-trick against Leicester - Sunday's opponents know all about the livewire... SI.com, "Diogo Jota: Why 2019/20 Could Be the Wolves Forward's Breakthrough as a Premier League Superstar," 9 Aug. 2019 The decision to resume carrying out the death penalty is likely to magnify an issue already debated in the Democratic primary and create a flashpoint between that party's nominee and Trump in the general election. Anchorage Daily News, "US government will execute inmates for first time since 2003," 25 July 2019 Inside a pair of binoculars—really, a joined set of telescopes, allowing for the sense of depth that comes from two-eyed vision—light passes through multiple lenses and prisms to be magnified, oriented, and shaped. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: Binoculars," 14 July 2019

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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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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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