magnify

  • 1 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To have effect; to be of importance or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 magnify — (v.) late 14c., to speak or act for the glory or honor (of someone or something), from O.Fr. magnefiier glorify, magnify, from L. magnificare esteem greatly, extol, make much of, from magnificus great, elevated, noble (see MAGNIFICENCE (Cf.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 magnify — [v1] enlarge, intensify aggrandize, aggravate, amplify, augment, bless, blow up, boost, build up, deepen, dignify, dilate, distend, enhance, ennoble, eulogize, exalt, expand, extend, glorify, heighten, hike, hike up, increase, inflate, intensate …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 magnify — [mag′nə fī΄] vt. magnified, magnifying [ME magnifien < OFr magnifier < L magnificare, to make much of, esteem highly, LL(Ec), to worship < magnus, great (see MAGNI ) + facere, to make, DO1] 1. Rare to make greater in size, status, or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 magnify — I verb add to, aggrandize, amplificare, amplify, augere, augment, balloon, boost, broaden, build up, cause growth, deepen, emphasize, enhance, enlarge, exaggerare, exaggerate, exalt, expand, extend, glorify, heighten, idealize, increase, increase …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 magnify — *exalt, aggrandize Analogous words: extol, *praise, laud, acclaim, eulogize: enlarge, increase, augment: *expand, amplify, distend, swell, inflate, dilate Antonyms: minimize, belittle Contrasted words: *decry, depreciate, detract, derogate:… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 magnify — ► VERB (magnifies, magnified) 1) make (something) appear larger than it is, especially with a lens or microscope. 2) intensify or exaggerate. 3) archaic extol; glorify. DERIVATIVES magnification noun magnifier noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 magnify — [[t]mæ̱gnɪfaɪ[/t]] magnifies, magnifying, magnified 1) VERB To magnify an object means to make it appear larger than it really is, by means of a special lens or mirror. [V n n] This version of the Digges telescope magnifies images 11 times... [V… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 magnify — magnifiable, adj. /mag neuh fuy /, v., magnified, magnifying. v.t. 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… …

    Universalium

  • 11 magnify — UK [ˈmæɡnɪfaɪ] / US [ˈmæɡnəˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms magnify : present tense I/you/we/they magnify he/she/it magnifies present participle magnifying past tense magnified past participle magnified 1) a) to make something appear bigger… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 magnify — verb ADVERB ▪ greatly, highly ▪ The daring of his exploits had been greatly magnified by constant telling. PHRASES ▪ magnify sth 50, 100, etc. times ▪ The picture shows the insect s head …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 magnify — mag•ni•fy [[t]ˈmæg nəˌfaɪ[/t]] v. fied, fy•ing 1) to increase the apparent size of 2) to make greater in actual size; enlarge 3) to exaggerate; overstate: to magnify one s difficulties[/ex] 4) to intensify; heighten 5) to praise: to magnify the… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 14 magnify — mag|ni|fy [ˈmægnıfaı] v past tense and past participle magnified present participle magnifying third person singular magnifies [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: magnifier, from Latin magnificus; MAGNIFICENT] 1.) to make something seem… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 magnify — mag|ni|fy [ mægnə,faı ] verb transitive 1. ) to make something appear bigger than it really is: Thick spectacles magnified his eyes. a ) to make something appear more important, severe, or dangerous than it really is: They have no need to magnify …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 magnify — verb (T) 1 to make something look bigger than it is: The photo shows a human embryo, magnified times. 2 to make something seem more important than it really is: This report tends to magnify the risks involved. 3 formal to make a problem much… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 magnify — verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: Middle English magnifien, from Anglo French magnifier, from Latin magnificare, from magnificus Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. extol, laud b. to cause to be held in greater esteem or respect …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 magnify — verb a) To make an object appear larger so one can see it in more detail, such as with a magnifying glass or a telescope. b) To make a situation or an idea appear greater or more important than it is. See Also: minify …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 magnify — mag·ni·fy mag nə .fī vb, fied; fy·ing vt to enlarge in appearance vi to have the power of causing objects to appear larger than they are * * * mag·ni·fy (magґnĭ fi) to cause to appear larger by the use of lenses or suitable mirrors …

    Medical dictionary

  • 20 magnify — Synonyms and related words: 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,… …

    Moby Thesaurus