Definition of magnify
- real drama … will use ugliness to magnify beauty
- —Alan Mickle
- magnifies every minor issue to crisis proportions
- The lens magnified the image 100 times.
- a glass that magnifies greatly
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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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: to make (something) greater
: to make (something) seem greater or more important than it is
: to make (something) appear larger
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