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
The impact could be magnified under an obscure provision of the bill that might generate a lawsuit to end Alaska’s Medicaid expansion almost immediately.
As far as the S Pen, there haven’t been any rumors about new Note8 features for Samsung’s stylus, but last year brought new Air Command shortcuts like magnify and translate, and added off-screen memos for quick note-taking.
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.
The situation is obviously magnified because of the duo’s celebrity, says Goldberg, who notes that every single one of Kardashian’s nearly 10 million Instagram followers can download or screenshot the photos, and re-post them.
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.
The onus on Riley to hit big in free agency is magnified.
And with TV in the equation, of course everything is magnified.
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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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