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Meaning of MAGNIFY

Pronunciation:  'magnu`fI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  (photography) make large; "blow up an image"
  2. [v]  increase in size, volume or significance; "Her terror was magnified in her mind."
  3. [v]  to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth; "tended to romanticize and exaggerate this ``gracious Old South'' imagery"

MAGNIFY is a 7 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: amplify, amplify, blow up, enlarge, exaggerate, hyerbolise, hyperbolize, overdraw, overstate
 Antonyms: downplay, minimise, minimize, reduce, scale down, understate
 See Also: aggrandise, aggrandize, blow, blow up, bluster, boast, brag, dramatise, dramatize, embellish, embroider, gas, gasconade, increase, lard, misinform, mislead, overemphasise, overemphasize, overstress, pad, shoot a line, swash, tout, vaunt



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
  2. \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.
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