- 1magnify something (to/by something) to make something look bigger than it really is, for example by using a lens or microscope synonym enlarge bacteria magnified to 1 ,000 times their actual size an image magnified by a factor of 4
- 2magnify something to make something bigger, louder, or stronger The sound was magnified by the high roof. The dry summer has magnified the problem of water shortages.
- 3magnify something to make something seem more important or serious than it really is synonym exaggerate
NAmE//ˈmæɡnəˌfaɪ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they magnify
he / she / it magnifies
past simple magnified
-ing form magnifying