Definition of magnify verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    magnify

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈmæɡnəˌfaɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they magnify
     
    he / she / it magnifies
     
    past simple magnified
     
    -ing form magnifying
     
     
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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 3magnify something to make something seem more important or serious than it really is synonym exaggerate
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