Definition of magnify
3 : to enlarge in fact or in appearance
: to have the power of causing objects to appear larger than they are
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
Origin and Etymology of magnify
Middle English magnifien, from Anglo-French magnifier, from Latin magnificare, from magnificus
First Known Use: 14th century
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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