Definitions for: Magnify

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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

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.

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

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