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magnify at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


magnify at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1380, "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 1665. ///

magnify at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

v past tense and past participle magnified present participle magnifying third person singular magnifies [T] // [Date: 1300-1400; Language: French; Origin: magnifier, from Latin magnificus; MAGNIFICENT]//
1 to make something seem bigger or louder, especially using special equipment: --At the Sheffield arena, the speakers were magnified ten times on a giant screen.// --A public address system magnifies all the little noises and coughs.//
2 to make something seem more important than it really is: exaggerate// --The report tends to magnify the risks involved.//
3 formal to make something much worse or more serious: --The results of economic mismanagement were magnified by a series of natural disasters.//

magnify at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

167 Moby Thesaurus words for "magnify":
accelerate, add to, adulate, agent provocateur, aggrandize,
aggravate, amplify, annoy, apotheose, apotheosize, augment,
ballyhoo, beatify, beef up, belaud, bepraise, bless,
bless the Lord, bloat, blow up, boast of, boost, brag about,
broaden, build, build up, bulk, bulk out, burlesque, canonize,
caricature, carry too far, celebrate, color, complicate,
concentrate, condense, consolidate, crescendo, crown, cry up,
deepen, deify, deteriorate, develop, dignify, dilate, distend,
distinguish, double, doxologize, dramatize, draw the longbow,
elevate, embellish, embitter, emblazon, enhance, enlarge, ennoble,
enshrine, enthrone, erect, eulogize, exacerbate, exaggerate, exalt,
exasperate, expand, extend, extol, flatter, fudge, glamorize,
glorify, glorify the Lord, go to extremes, heat up, heighten,
hero-worship, hike, hike up, honor, hop up, hot up, huff, hymn,
hyperbolize, idolize, immortalize, increase, inflate, intensify,
irritate, jazz up, key up, laud, lay it on, lionize, make acute,
make complex, make legendary, make much of, make worse, maximize,
mount, multiply, overcharge, overdo, overdraw, overemphasize,
overestimate, overpaint, overpraise, overreach, overreact,
oversell, overspeak, overstate, overstress, pad, panegyrize,
pay tribute, pile it on, porter aux nues, praise, praise God,
provoke, puff, puff up, pump, pump up, raise, ramify, rarefy,
redouble, reinforce, rouse, saint, salute, sanctify, set up,
sharpen, sing praises, soup up, sour, step up, strengthen, stretch,
stretch the truth, sublime, sufflate, swell, talk big,
talk in superlatives, throne, tout, travesty, triple, trumpet, up,
uplift, uprear, vise, whet, widen, worsen

magnify at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[V] (Increase): increase, augment, add to, enlarge, dilate, expand, grow, wax, get ahead, gain strength, advance, run up, rise, ascend, sprout, aggrandize, raise, exalt, deepen, heighten, strengthen, intensify, enhance, magnify, redouble, aggravate, exaggerate, exasperate, exacerbate, add fuel to the fire, add, spread, disperse.

[V] (Overestimation): overestimate, overrate, overvalue, overstate, magnify, exaggerate.

[V] (Exaggeration): exaggerate, magnify, pile up, aggravate, amplify, overestimate, hyperbolize, stretch, stretch the truth, embellish.

magnify at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

verb (magnifies, magnifying, magnified, magnified) [VN]
1 to make sth look bigger than it really is, for example by using a LENS or MICROSCOPE:
bacteria magnified to 1 000 times their actual size * an image magnified by a factor of 4
2 to make sth bigger, louder or stronger:
The sound was magnified by the high roof. * The dry summer has magnified the problem of water shortages.
3 to make sth seem more important or serious than it really is

Magnify at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Magnify \Mag"ni*fy\, v. i.
1. To have the power of causing objects to appear larger than
they really are; to increase the apparent dimensions of
objects; as, some lenses magnify but little.

2. To have effect; to be of importance or significance. [Cant
& Obs.] --Spectator.

{Magnifying glass}, a lens which magnifies the apparent
dimensions of objects seen through it.

Magnify \Mag"ni*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Magnified}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Magnifying}.] [OE. magnifien, F. magnifier, L.
magnificare. See {Magnific}.]
1. To make great, or greater; to increase the dimensions of;
to amplify; to enlarge, either in fact or in appearance;
as, the microscope magnifies the object by a thousand

The least error in a small quantity . . . will in a
great one . . . be proportionately magnified.

2. To increase the importance of; to augment the esteem or
respect in which one is held.

On that day the Lord magnified Joshua in the sight
of all Israel. --Joshua iv.

3. To praise highly; to land; to extol. [Archaic]

O, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his
name together. --Ps. xxxiv.

4. To exaggerate; as, to magnify a loss or a difficulty.

{To magnify one's self} (Script.), to exhibit pride and
haughtiness; to boast.

{To magnify one's self against} (Script.), to oppose with

magnify at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

v 1: increase in size, volume or significance; "Her terror was
magnified in her mind" [syn: {amplify}]
2: to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth; "tended to
romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South'
imagery" [syn: {overstate}, {exaggerate}, {overdraw}, {hyperbolize},
{hyerbolise}, {amplify}] [ant: {understate}]
3: make large; "blow up an image" [syn: {blow up}, {enlarge}]
[ant: {reduce}]
[also: {magnified}]

magnify at English (WD) Of Explained:



From Inter: etyl » frm Inter: term » magnifier|lang=fro or its source, Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » magnificare|magnificāre, from Inter: term » magnificus.


*Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /ˈmaɡnɪfʌɪ/


Inter: en-verb » magnifies|magnifying|magnified
  • Inter: transitiv » e To praise, glorify (someone or something, especially god). Inter: defdate » from 14th c.
    1. 1526, Inter: w » William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Acts X:
    2. :For they herde them speake with tonges, and magnify God.
    3. 1644, Inter: w » John Milton, Aeropagitica:
    4. :For he who freely magnifies what hath been nobly done, and fears not to declare as freely what might be done better, gives ye the best cov'nant of his fidelity ....
    5. Inter: transitiv » e To make (something) larger or more important. Inter: defdate » from 14th c.
    6. Inter: quote-book » year=2006|author=Category: w - :Edwin Black|Edwin Black

    |title=Internal Combustion
    |passage=But through the oligopoly, charcoal fuel proliferated throughout London's trades and industries. By the 1200s, brewers and bakers, tilemakers, glassblowers, pottery producers, and a range of other craftsmen all became hour-to-hour consumers of charcoal. This only magnified the indispensable nature of the oligopolists.
    1. Inter: transitiv » e To make (someone or something) appear greater or more important than it is; to intensify, exaggerate. Inter: defdate » from 17th c.
    2. Inter: transitiv » e To make (something) appear larger by means of a lens, magnifying glass, telescope etc. Inter: defdate » from 17th c.

      Derived terms

      * magnifier

  • magnifying glass
  • magnification

    Related terms

    * minify (opposite)


    Inter: trans-top » to make an object appear larger
  • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|zvětšit
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|vergroten
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|agrandir
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|vergrößern
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|μεγεθύνω
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|nagyít, Inter: t- » hu|kinagyít

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Japanese: 拡大する (kakudai-suru)
    • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|увеличува|tr=uvelíčuva, Inter: t- » mk|зголемува|tr=zgolémuva
    • Norwegian: Inter: t+ » no|forstørre
    • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|mări
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|увеличивать|sc=Cyrl|tr=uvelíčivat' Inter: imp » f, Inter: t+ » ru|увеличить|sc=Cyrl|tr=uvelíčit' Inter: pf » .

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: et » magnify
    Translation: el » magnify
    Translation: fa » magnify
    Translation: fr » magnify
    Translation: ko » magnify
    Translation: hr » magnify
    Translation: io » magnify
    Translation: kn » magnify
    Translation: hu » magnify
    Translation: mg » magnify
    Translation: ml » magnify
    Translation: my » magnify
    Translation: ja » magnify
    Translation: pl » magnify
    Translation: ro » magnify
    Translation: fi » magnify
    Translation: ta » magnify
    Translation: te » magnify
    Translation: tr » magnify
    Translation: vi » magnify
    Translation: zh » magnify