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magnify

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Pronunciation: /ˈmaɡnɪfʌɪ
 
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Definition of magnify in English:

verb (magnifies, magnifying, magnified)

[with object]
1Make (something) appear larger than it is, especially with a lens or microscope: the retinal image will be magnified
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  • Way out in the corners of the galaxy, there are objects so massive that they curve light into gargantuan gravitational lenses, distorting and magnifying objects behind them.
  • Her blue eyes were magnified from the lenses of her glasses, making them appear like pools of the Pacific Ocean.
  • Viruses are extremely small things, so even normal microscopes are not powerful enough to allow us to visualise a virus, so one has to use an electron microscope which magnifies objects by 40,000 times or so.
1.1Increase or exaggerate the importance or effect of: you had problems before you went to Vietnam, and 'Nam magnified them
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  • When private companies enter the field of manned spaceflight, those inherent risks could be magnified.
  • Yet if vulnerabilities and safeguards aren't linked, and vested interests are allowed to get in the way of objectivity, risk will only be magnified.
  • Consequently all the city's contrasts, contradictions and ambiguities seem to be magnified by the scorching sun.
2 archaic Praise highly; glorify: praise the Lord and magnify Him
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  • The words go like this: “I’m free to worship, I’m free to praise, I’m free to lift up holy hands and magnify His name.”
  • Time shall embalm and magnify her name.
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Origin

late Middle English (in the senses 'show honour to (God') and 'make greater'): from Old French magnifier or Latin magnificare, based on Latin magnus 'great'. sense 1 dates from the mid 17th century.

Derivatives

magnifier

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noun
Example sentences
  • Twelve years later, Roy's condition has remained fairly stable and he can use special magnifiers to read newspapers and can watch the TV from around 12 inches away.
  • The company designs, manufactures and distributes a range of electronic magnifiers for the visually impaired and partially sighted.
  • Illuminated magnifiers are also available in ten libraries for people to use to look at books and other material in the library

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