Definition of magnify
3 : to enlarge in fact or in appearance The lens magnified the image 100 times.
: to have the power of causing objects to appear larger than they are a glass that magnifies greatly
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
Recent Examples of magnify from the Web
But the criticism of Court and support for renaming the arena among current players have magnified compared with her previous flash points.
Pressure intensifies in the postseason, when possessions, turnovers and rebounds are magnified.
The Cubs live in a World Series-or-bust world, where roster and lineup minutiae become magnified daily — like the woes of the 1 percent — while the Sox operate freer of pressure, knowing minor-league progress matters more than major-league success.
All of it, simple American greed magnified by a culture of celebrity and, through a fluke presidential election, dropped like a dead squirrel in a chimney into the world's greatest democracy—and, as a result, stinking up the entire joint.
The sense view costs $1300 and magnifies up to 22.5x.
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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
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
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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