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[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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British Dictionary definitions for un magnified

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 un magnified

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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un magnified 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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