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mag·ni·fy

 (măg′nə-fī′)
v. mag·ni·fied, mag·ni·fy·ing, mag·ni·fies
v.tr.
1.
a. To increase the apparent size of (an object), especially by means of a lens, instrument, or device.
b. To increase the volume of (sound): "Canyons magnified the thunder" (John Vernon).
2. To make more intense or extreme: High winds magnified the danger.
3. To cause to appear greater, more important, or more extreme than is in fact the case: Her mistakes were magnified in the tabloid press. See Synonyms at exaggerate.
4. Archaic To glorify or praise.
v.intr.
To increase or have the power to increase the size or volume of an image or a sound.

[Middle English magnifien, to extol, from Old French magnifier, from Latin magnificāre, from magnificus, magnificent; see magnific.]

magnify

(ˈmæɡnɪˌfaɪ)
vb, -fies, -fying or -fied
1. (General Physics) to increase, cause to increase, or be increased in apparent size, as through the action of a lens, microscope, etc
2. to exaggerate or become exaggerated in importance: don't magnify your troubles.
3. (tr) rare to increase in actual size
4. (tr) archaic to glorify
[C14: via Old French from Latin magnificāre to praise; see magnific]
ˈmagniˌfiable adj

mag•ni•fy

(ˈmæg nəˌfaɪ)

v. -fied, -fy•ing. v.t.
1. to increase the apparent size of.
2. to make greater in actual size; enlarge.
3. to exaggerate; overstate: to magnify one's difficulties.
4. to intensify; heighten.
5. to praise: to magnify the Lord.
v.i.
6. to increase or be able to increase the apparent or actual size of an object.
[1350–1400; < Latin magnificāre. See magnific, -fy]
mag′ni•fi`a•ble, adj.

magnify


Past participle: magnified
Gerund: magnifying

Imperative
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Present
I magnify
you magnify
he/she/it magnifies
we magnify
you magnify
they magnify
Preterite
I magnified
you magnified
he/she/it magnified
we magnified
you magnified
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Present Continuous
I am magnifying
you are magnifying
he/she/it is magnifying
we are magnifying
you are magnifying
they are magnifying
Present Perfect
I have magnified
you have magnified
he/she/it has magnified
we have magnified
you have magnified
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Past Continuous
I was magnifying
you were magnifying
he/she/it was magnifying
we were magnifying
you were magnifying
they were magnifying
Past Perfect
I had magnified
you had magnified
he/she/it had magnified
we had magnified
you had magnified
they had magnified
Future
I will magnify
you will magnify
he/she/it will magnify
we will magnify
you will magnify
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Future Perfect
I will have magnified
you will have magnified
he/she/it will have magnified
we will have magnified
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Future Continuous
I will be magnifying
you will be magnifying
he/she/it will be magnifying
we will be magnifying
you will be magnifying
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been magnifying
you have been magnifying
he/she/it has been magnifying
we have been magnifying
you have been magnifying
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been magnifying
you will have been magnifying
he/she/it will have been magnifying
we will have been magnifying
you will have been magnifying
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been magnifying
you had been magnifying
he/she/it had been magnifying
we had been magnifying
you had been magnifying
they had been magnifying
Conditional
I would magnify
you would magnify
he/she/it would magnify
we would magnify
you would magnify
they would magnify
Past Conditional
I would have magnified
you would have magnified
he/she/it would have magnified
we would have magnified
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.magnify - increase in size, volume or significancemagnify - increase in size, volume or significance; "Her terror was magnified in her mind"
enlarge - become larger or bigger
2.magnify - to enlarge beyond bounds or the truthmagnify - to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth; "tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery"
misinform, mislead - give false or misleading information to
overemphasise, overemphasize, overstress - place special or excessive emphasis on; "I cannot overemphasize the importance of this book"
3.magnify - make largemagnify - make large; "blow up an image"  
photography, picture taking - the act of taking and printing photographs
increase - make bigger or more; "The boss finally increased her salary"; "The university increased the number of students it admitted"

magnify

verb
1. enlarge, increase, boost, expand, intensify, blow up (informal), heighten, amplify, augment, dilate The telescope magnifies images over 11 times.
enlarge reduce, shrink, diminish, decrease, lessen, minimize
2. make worse, exaggerate, intensify, worsen, heighten, deepen, exacerbate, aggravate, increase, inflame, fan the flames of Poverty and human folly magnify natural disasters.
3. exaggerate, overdo, overstate, build up, enhance, blow up, inflate, overestimate, dramatize, overrate, overplay, overemphasize, blow up out of all proportion, aggrandize, make a production (out) of (informal), make a federal case of (U.S. informal) spend their time magnifying ridiculous details
exaggerate understate, deflate, denigrate, belittle, disparage, deprecate

magnify

verb
2. To make (something) seem greater than is actually the case:
Idioms: blow up out of proportion, lay it on thick, stretch the truth.
4. To honor (a deity) in religious worship:
5. To raise to a high position or status:
Translations
يُكَبِّر الصّورَه
zvětšovat
forstørre
stækka upp
zväčšovať
povečati
büyütmek

magnify

[ˈmægnɪfaɪ]
A. VT
1. (Opt) → aumentar, ampliar
to magnify sth seven timesaumentar algo siete veces
2. (= exaggerate) → exagerar
B. CPD magnifying glass Nlupa f
magnifying power Naumento m

magnify

[ˈmægnɪfaɪ] vt
[+ image] → grossir
[+ sound] → amplifier
(= exacerbate) [+ problem, disaster] → amplifiermagnifying glass [ˈmægnɪfaɪɪŋglɑːs] nloupe f

magnify

vt
(= make bigger) imagevergrößern; to magnify something 7 timesetw 7fach vergrößern
(= exaggerate)aufbauschen
(obs, liter, = praise) the Lordlobpreisen (old, liter)

magnify

[ˈmægnɪˌfaɪ] vt
a. (gen) → ingrandire; (sound) → amplificare
b. (exaggerate) → esagerare

magnify

(ˈmӕgnifai) verb
to cause to appear greater. A telescope magnifies an image; to magnify one's troubles.
ˌmagnifiˈcation (-fi-) noun
1. the act of magnifying (something).
2. the power of magnifying. the magnification of a pair of binoculars.
3. the extent to which something (eg a photograph) has been magnified. The magnification is ten times (10 ).
ˈmagnifying-glass noun
a piece of glass with curved surfaces that makes an object looked at through it appear larger. This print is so small that I need a magnifying-glass to read it.

magnify

v. amplificar, agrandar, ampliar, aumentar.
References in classic literature ?
Perhaps the rapidity of the changes from one of these paces to the other created an optical illusion, which might thus magnify the powers of the beast; for it is certain that Heyward, who possessed a true eye for the merits of a horse, was unable, with his utmost ingenuity, to decide by what sort of movement his pursuer worked his sinuous way on his footsteps with such persevering hardihood.
Some of them were very tall; many were dressed in white; and all had a sweeping amplitude of array that seemed to magnify their persons as a mist magnifies the moon.
Always creeping along the ground to some small end or other, he will always magnify every object in the way; and consequently will hate and suspect everybody that comes, in the most innocent manner, between him and it.
He remembered having crossed the road and seen the finger-post only a little while before Wildfire broke down; so, buttoning his coat, twisting the lash of his hunting-whip compactly round the handle, and rapping the tops of his boots with a self-possessed air, as if to assure himself that he was not at all taken by surprise, he set off with the sense that he was undertaking a remarkable feat of bodily exertion, which somehow and at some time he should be able to dress up and magnify to the admiration of a select circle at the Rainbow.
For, although their largest telescopes do not exceed three feet, they magnify much more than those of a hundred with us, and show the stars with greater clearness.
For all that, he fancied some sage, either a friend or an enemy, might, by the aid of magic, have given them to the press; if a friend, in order to magnify and exalt them above the most famous ever achieved by any knight-errant; if an enemy, to bring them to naught and degrade them below the meanest ever recorded of any low squire, though as he said to himself, the achievements of squires never were recorded.
These would be inclined to magnify the difficulties of a distribution.
Persons of this character will proceed to an examination of the plan submitted by the convention, not only without a disposition to find or to magnify faults; but will see the propriety of reflecting, that a faultless plan was not to be expected.
And yet there is nothing strained, no peering through telescopes to find new worlds or magnify the old; the eyes need only be lifted for a moment, and the great power is not the power of sight, but sympathy.
The baroness ascended the steps; she felt herself strongly infected with the sadness which seemed to magnify her own, and still guided by the valet de chambre, who never lost sight of her for an instant, she was introduced to the magistrate's study.
O all ye Works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever
Which he spake, because indeed there was never law, or sect, or opinion, did so much magnify goodness, as the Christian religion doth.