magnify

verb

mag·​ni·​fy ˈmag-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce magnify (audio)
magnified; magnifying

transitive verb

1
a
: extol, laud
while they magnified the art, they often belittled the artistHavelock Ellis
b
: to cause to be held in greater esteem or respect
2
a
: to increase in significance : intensify
real drama … will use ugliness to magnify beautyAlan 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

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 on the Web This doesn’t have to sever your friendship, but keeping your thoughts inside will only magnify them. R. Eric Thomas, Washington Post, 10 July 2024 The White House is bracing for every potential flub or misstatement to be magnified by the press. Jonathan Easley, The Hill, 9 July 2024 Any verbal slip up or awkward interaction will be magnified at the NATO summit, putting more pressure on Biden to appear energetic and avoid mistakes. David Faris, Newsweek, 9 July 2024 In reports from Gallup's December 2023 poll, nearly half of U.S. adults, upwards of 45%, reported frequently feeling stress, and this is undoubtedly magnified in the workplace. Finnian Kelly, TIME, 8 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for magnify 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English magnifien, from Anglo-French magnifier, from Latin magnificare, from magnificus

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of magnify was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Magnify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnify. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

magnify

verb
mag·​ni·​fy ˈmag-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce magnify (audio)
magnified; magnifying
1
2
a
: to increase in importance
3
: to enlarge in fact or in appearance
a microscope magnifies an object seen through it
magnifier
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noun

Medical Definition

magnify

verb
mag·​ni·​fy ˈmag-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce magnify (audio)
magnified; magnifying

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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