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Definitions for magnify
ˈmæg nəˌfaɪmag·ni·fy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. magnify, amplifyverb

    increase in size, volume or significance

    "Her terror was magnified in her mind"

  2. overstate, exaggerate, overdraw, hyperbolize, hyperbolise, magnify, amplifyverb

    to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth

    "tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery"

  3. blow up, enlarge, magnifyverb

    make large

    "blow up an image"


  1. magnifyverb

    To praise, glorify (someone or something, especially god).

  2. magnifyverb

    To make (something) larger or more important.

  3. magnifyverb

    To make (someone or something) appear greater or more important than it is; to intensify, exaggerate.

  4. magnifyverb

    To make (something) appear larger by means of a lens, magnifying glass, telescope etc.

  5. Etymology: From magnifier or its source, magnificare, from magnificus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To MAGNIFYverb

    Etymology: magnifico, Latin.

    The ambassador, making his oration, did so magnify the king and queen, as was enough to glut the hearers. Francis Bacon.

    Greater now in thy return,
    Than from the giant-angels: thee that day
    Thy thunders magnify’d, but to create
    Is greater than created to destroy. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. vii.

    He shall exalt and magnify himself above every god. Dan.

    If ye will magnify yourselves against me, know now that God hath overthrown me. Job xix. 5.

    He shall magnify himself in his heart. Dan. viii. 25.

    How these red globules would appear, if glasses could be found that could magnify them a thousand times more, is uncertain. John Locke.

    By true reflection I would see my face?
    Why brings the fool a magnifying glass? George Granville.

    The greatest magnifying glasses in the world are a man’s eyes, when they look upon his own person. Alexander Pope.

    As things seem large which we through mists descry,
    Dulness is ever apt to magnify. Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism.

    My governess assured my father I had wanted for nothing; that I was almost eaten up with the green-sickness: but this magnified but little with my father. Spectator, №. 432.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Magnifyverb

    to make great, or greater; to increase the dimensions of; to amplify; to enlarge, either in fact or in appearance; as, the microscope magnifies the object by a thousand diameters

  2. Magnifyverb

    to increase the importance of; to augment the esteem or respect in which one is held

  3. Magnifyverb

    to praise highly; to land; to extol

  4. Magnifyverb

    to exaggerate; as, to magnify a loss or a difficulty

  5. Magnifyverb

    to have the power of causing objects to appear larger than they really are; to increase the apparent dimensions of objects; as, some lenses magnify but little

  6. Magnifyverb

    to have effect; to be of importance or significance

  7. Etymology: [OE. magnifien, F. magnifier, L. magnificare. See Magnific.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Magnify

    mag′ni-fī, v.t. to make great or greater: to enlarge: to cause to appear greater: to exaggerate: to praise highly:—pa.p. mag′nified.adjs. Mag′nifiable, that may be magnified; Magnif′ic, -al, great: splendid: noble.—adv. Magnif′ically, in a magnificent manner.—ns. Magnificā′tion, act of magnifying: increase of visual power in penetration as well as enlargement; Mag′nifier, one who, or that which, magnifies or enlarges: one who extols.—Magnify one's self, show great pride—against, oppose with pride; Magnifying glass, in optics, a convex lens, objects seen through it having their apparent dimensions increased. [Fr.,—L. magnificāremagnus, great, facĕre, to make.]


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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of magnify in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of magnify in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of magnify in a Sentence

  1. Utah Jazz:

    Connection and community have never been more important than it is today. Millions of people have been forced to leave behind their entire lives in Ukraine, the Utah Jazz Foundation is honored to partner with Airbnb.org to fund stays for refugees who have fled Ukraine – enough to fill every seat right here in our own house—Vivint Arena—nearly two times over. And we can’t stop there. I encourage every organization to support Airbnb.org’s important initiative, to magnify their impact and house enough refugees to fill their arenas or workplaces.

  2. Feltham:

    We magnify the wealthy man, though his parts be never so poor. The poor man we despise, be he never so well qualified. Gold is the coverlet of imperfections. It is the fool?s curtain, which hides all his defects from the world.

  3. Hudson Henry:

    You do not want to be looking through the viewfinder at the sun with your eye, it is only going to magnify it into your eye.

  4. Samuel Beckett:

    How can one better magnify the Almighty than by sniggering with him at his little jokes, particularly the poorer ones.

  5. Gillam Deputy Mayor John McDonald:

    And in the bush, magnify that by 10-20 times. Forget it.

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