magnify

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

Definition of magnify

transitive verb

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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web Although women make up nearly half the nation’s undergraduate population, the oldest and most elite universities reflect — and magnify — a lackluster record in elevating women to the most powerful reaches of society. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "At Japan’s Most Elite University, Just 1 in 5 Students Is a Woman," 8 Dec. 2019 Shimmery blush can make smooth skin look luminous and glowy, but Glen warns against using it on rough, dry, or uneven skin textures — the shimmer can magnify pimples, bumps, and large pores. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "14 Tips for Applying Blush Perfectly, Every Single Time," 18 Nov. 2019 For Brady, a tone-setter who needs chemistry on the field with receivers, not to mention one who might be staying in his house, that’s magnified. BostonGlobe.com, "Tom Brady refuses to address Antonio Brown allegations - The Boston Globe," 12 Sep. 2019 Any attempts to gloss over or minimize this point only magnifies it. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Lisbon resident is trying to get a speed limit changed. His neighbors have other ideas.," 15 July 2019 In 2007, when this came out of the ground, the builder had a pick of one of the best sites in the community, right on a broad trail corridor that magnifies the lot size, leading west to the lake, east to the neighborhood pool. Mark Samuelson, The Denver Post, "An Italianate custom in Westminster’s pretty Huntington Trails puts Boulder within reach," 18 Oct. 2019 Schwarber’s day, which included a 473-foot grand slam in the second inning, alleviated some of the frustration of two late-inning losses to the Brewers that magnified the bullpen’s struggles. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Thanks to Kyle Schwarber’s 2 home runs and 7 RBIs, the Cubs avoid a sweep with an 11-4 win over the Brewers and return to a tie for 1st," 28 July 2019 His heavy square eyeglasses, pushed back on his forehead, doubled the lamp’s glowing filament in miniature, like two magnifying glasses collapsing the sun to start pinpoints of fire. Jill Ciment, Harper's magazine, "Then Again," 10 June 2019 Instead of a map of Gaul, there is a map of South Africa, with a magnifying glass hovering over Orania. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Inside an All-White Town’s Divisive Experiment With Cryptocurrency," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of magnify

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

History and Etymology for magnify

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

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

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13 Jan 2020

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“Magnify.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnify?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=m&file=magnif11. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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magnify

verb
How to pronounce magnify (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of magnify

: to make (something) greater
: to make (something) seem greater or more important than it is
: to make (something) appear larger

magnify

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

Kids Definition of magnify

1 : to enlarge in fact or appearance A microscope magnifies an object seen through it.
2 : to cause to seem greater or more important : exaggerate The problem has been magnified by rumors.

magnify

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

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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