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magnify

[mag-nuh-fahy] /ˈmæg nəˌfaɪ/
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
1350-1400; Middle English magnifien < Latin magnificāre. See magni-, -fy
Related forms
magnifiable, adjective
overmagnify, verb (used with object), overmagnified, overmagnifying.
remagnify, verb (used with object), remagnified, remagnifying.
unmagnified, adjective
unmagnifying, adjective
Synonyms
2. augment, increase, amplify. 3. overstate.
Antonyms
1, 2. reduce. 3. minimize.
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Examples for magnifying
  • 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.
  • To appreciate the full beauty of the rings, you need the magnifying power of a small telescope.
  • He turns on the light and flips the mirror to the magnifying side.
  • Waters turns it over in his hand, then scrutinizes it under a magnifying loupe.
  • Never, ever look directly into the sun with unprotected eyes-especially with binoculars or other magnifying devices.
  • But alcohol suppresses the frontal cortex, magnifying an inability to control anger or aggression.
  • But changing pollution trends are magnifying the impact of soot.
British Dictionary definitions for magnifying

magnify

/ˈmæɡnɪˌfaɪ/
verb -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.
(transitive) (rare) to increase in actual size
4.
(transitive) (archaic) to glorify
Derived Forms
magnifiable, adjective
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin magnificāre to praise; see magnific
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Word Origin and History for magnifying

magnify

v.

late 14c., "to speak or act for the glory or honor (of someone or something)," from Old French magnefiier "glorify, magnify," from Latin magnificare "esteem greatly, extol, make much of," from magnificus "great, elevated, noble" (see magnificence). Meaning "use a telescope or microscope" is first attested 1660s, said to be a unique development in English. Related: Magnified; magnifying.

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magnifying in Medicine

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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