magnify

[mag-nuh-fahy]
verb (used with object), magnified, magnifying.
1.
to increase the apparent size of, as a lens does.
2.
to make greater in actual size; enlarge: to magnify a drawing in preparing for a fresco.
3.
to cause to seem greater or more important; attribute too much importance to; exaggerate: to magnify one's difficulties.
4.
to make more exciting; intensify; dramatize; heighten: The playwright magnified the conflict to get her point across.
5.
Archaic. to extol; praise: to magnify the Lord.
verb (used without object), magnified, magnifying.
6.
to increase or be able to increase the apparent or actual size of an object.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English magnifien < Latin magnificāre. See magni-, -fy

magnifiable, adjective
overmagnify, verb (used with object), overmagnified, overmagnifying.
remagnify, verb (used with object), remagnified, remagnifying.
unmagnified, adjective
unmagnifying, adjective


2. augment, increase, amplify. 3. overstate.


1, 2. reduce. 3. minimize.
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magnify (ˈmæɡnɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  to increase, cause to increase, or be increased in apparent size, as through the action of a lens, microscope, etc
2.  to exaggerate or become exaggerated in importance: don't magnify your troubles
3.  rare (tr) to increase in actual size
4.  archaic (tr) to glorify
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin magnificāre to praise; see magnific]
 
'magnifiable
 
adj

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magnify
late 14c., "to speak or act for the glory or honor (of someone or something)," from O.Fr. magnifier, from L. magnificare "esteem greatly, extol," from magnificus "splendid" (see magnificence). Meaning of "use a telescope or microscope" is first attested 1660s. Related: Magnifying.
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magnify mag·ni·fy (māg'nə-fī')
v. mag·ni·fied, mag·ni·fy·ing, mag·ni·fies
To increase the apparent size of, especially with a lens.

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Example sentences
Magnifying their difficulties will not take them off our hands nor facilitate
  their adjustment.
Wit carries out its purpose in advancing the thought by magnifying it and by
  guarding it against reason.
Instead of canceling out their errors, they ended up magnifying their biases,
  which is why each round led to worse guesses.
It is useful for magnifying or reducing certain map areas where you are adding
  custom information.
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