Definition of magnify :
1. To exaggerate; as, to magnify a loss or a difficulty.
2. To have effect; to be of importance or significance.
3. 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.
4. To increase the importance of; to augment the esteem or respect in which one is held.
5. 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 diameters.
6. To praise highly; to land; to extol.
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expand (part of speech: verb)
intensify (part of speech: verb)
increase (part of speech: verb)
- He told me my Lord Chancellor the other day did ask him how it come to pass that his friend Pepys do so much magnify all things to worst, as I did on Sunday last, in the bad condition of the fleete. - "Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright", Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke.
- These teachers magnify the Divine element in faith. - "Godliness", Catherine Booth.
- Thus, disappointment, anxiety, grief, fright, and other types of mental uneasiness not only magnify the discomfort but sometimes are its sole cause. - "The Prospective Mother A Handbook for Women During Pregnancy", J. Morris Slemons.