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
That power is kept on the ground by MacPherson strut suspension on the front end, married to electronic stability control, ABS and an electronic braking control system that magnifies the Mini’s cornering ability.
Surprise contention raises expectations, and then magnifies a team’s faults.
A surfacing seal spotted in a thinning fog could easily be magnified to the viewer.
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Behaviors that increase DHT production will magnify the loss depending on sensitivity.
Of course, some of these concerns are magnified during residency training.
Before the storms barged in, festival crowds and bands endured hours of oppressive heat that was magnified by the lack of wind or ventilation.
And the presence and stature of LeBron only magnifies the Warriors’ potential accomplishment.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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