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 Economic fallout from the impending collapse of indebted property developer China Evergrande Group could magnify the slowdown caused by the Delta variant of the coronavirus, traders say. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, 11 Oct. 2021 The real-world impact of vaccine misinformation Back in July, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued a formal health advisory on the dangers of misinformation and its capacity to magnify the toll of the pandemic. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2021 Circular thinking will probably get you nowhere, and hiding your doubts may magnify them. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 11 Sep. 2021 Urban areas magnify the effect of extreme heat, as natural land cover is replaced by concrete—which absorbs heat. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 6 Oct. 2021 The National Hurricane Center warned that super-warm Gulf waters could rapidly magnify Ida’s destructive power, boosting it from a Category 2 storm to an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane in just 18 hours or less. Rebecca Santana, Kevin Mcgill, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Aug. 2021 In this case, DeFi can magnify the already high volatility of cryptocurrencies. Kevin Werbach, The Conversation, 5 Aug. 2021 However, in an attempt to magnify returns, NCZ employs a hefty amount of leverage—38% at the moment, via preferred shares. Brett Owens, Forbes, 25 Sep. 2021 Monsieur Canovas believed that big motifs were best used in small spaces to magnify a room. Marie-noëlle Lanoote, House Beautiful, 23 Sep. 2021

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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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24 Oct 2021

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“Magnify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnify. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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magnify

verb

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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