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 Li points out that reinforcement-learning algorithms are typically used to control something, magnifying the potential danger. Wired, "Tainted Data Can Teach Algorithms the Wrong Lessons," 25 Nov. 2019 The issue became more magnified after two MIT researchers published a study in 2017 called Gender Shades that showed bias in some of the most used facial recognition systems. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Game recap: Detroit Pistons defeat Atlanta Hawks, 128-103," 22 Nov. 2019 The issue became more magnified after two MIT researchers published a study in 2017 called Gender Shades that showed bias in some of the most used facial recognition systems. Terry Collins, USA TODAY, "Facial recognition: The fight over the use of our faces is far from over," 19 Nov. 2019 The band’s cover doesn’t lose a shred of the inherent humor or spirit of the tongue-in-cheek power ballad, but perfectly magnifies the precise blend of melodrama and electronica that clearly helped so many singers process their feelings in the ’80s. Alex Suskind, EW.com, "EW's Friday Five: Billie Eilish confronts fame, Weezer meets Disney, and more of the best songs of the week," 16 Nov. 2019 The movie is an epic told on the tiniest stage, magnifying the minute and irrelevant-seeming details that can either strengthen a partnership or end it. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Marriage Story Examines the Details of Love and Loss," 8 Nov. 2019 So far, there’s no clear evidence that plastics pollution magnifies up the food web or poses a risk to people who eat seafood. Cheryl Katz, National Geographic, "Why does the Arctic have more plastic than most places on Earth?," 30 Oct. 2019 Baseball is an everyday game for six months that gets turbocharged each postseason, when every outcome is magnified exponentially. Author: Dave Sheinin, Anchorage Daily News, "Game 7 of the World Series will bring chaos theory to life," 30 Oct. 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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1 Dec 2019

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“Magnify.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnifying. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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