What does magnify mean?

Definitions for magnify
ˈmæg nəˌfaɪmag·ni·fy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. magnify, amplify(verb)

    increase in size, volume or significance

    "Her terror was magnified in her mind"

  2. overstate, exaggerate, overdraw, hyperbolize, hyperbolise, magnify, amplify(verb)

    to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth

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

  3. blow up, enlarge, magnify(verb)

    make large

    "blow up an image"


  1. magnify(Verb)

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

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

  2. magnify(Verb)

    To make (something) larger or more important.

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

  3. magnify(Verb)

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

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

  4. magnify(Verb)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Magnify(verb)

    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

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

  2. Magnify(verb)

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

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

  3. Magnify(verb)

    to praise highly; to land; to extol

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

  4. Magnify(verb)

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

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

  5. Magnify(verb)

    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

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

  6. Magnify(verb)

    to have effect; to be of importance or significance

    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. Gretchen Whitmer:

    Right outside my office right now, people have come to town who are not wearing masks, they are not observing the six-foot distance, give me some advice. How can I magnify what you're seeing and what you're experiencing ?

  2. Gillam Deputy Mayor John McDonald:

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

  3. James Wood:

    People have to stand close to each other and shout to make themselves heard... you have people working long shifts close to each other, all those things magnify the risk of infection.

  4. Mary:

    My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit rejoiceth in God my Saviour. Because He hath looked down on the lowliness of His handmaid: for behold henceforth all generations will call me blessed. Because the Mighty One hath done great things for me: and holy is His name. And His mercy is from generation to generation: on those who fear Him. He showeth might in His arm: He scattereth the proud in the conceit of their heart. He casteth down the mighty from theirthrone: and exalteth the lowly. He filleth the hungry with good things: and the rich He sendeth away empty. He hath received His servant Israel: being mindful of His mercy. As He spake to our fathers: to Abraham and to his seed forever.

  5. Samuel Beckett:

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

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