Definition of magnify in English:
verb (magnifies, magnifying, magnified)[with object]
- 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.
- 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.
Early uses have strong biblical associations and included ‘show honour to (God)’ (Luke 1:46: ‘My soul doth magnify the Lord’: part of the Magnificat, a canticle used in Christian liturgy) and ‘make greater in size or importance’ (Job 20:6: ‘Though he be magnified up to the heaven’). ‘Make larger by means of a lens’ is a sense dating from the mid 17th century. It goes back to Latin magnus ‘great’ as does magnificent (Late Middle English) originally ‘serving to magnify’.
- 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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