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magnify


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Magnify  \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 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Magnify  \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 
  diameters. 
 
  The  least  error  in  a  small  quantity  .  .  .  will  in  a 
  great  one  .  .  .  be  proportionately  magnified. 
  --Grew. 
 
  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 
  14. 
 
  3.  To  praise  highly;  to  land;  to  extol.  [Archaic] 
 
  O,  magnify  the  Lord  with  me  and  let  us  exalt  his 
  name  together.  --Ps.  xxxiv 
  3. 
 
  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 
  pride. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  magnify 
  v  1:  increase  in  size,  volume  or  significance:  "Her  terror  was 
  magnified  in  her  mind."  [syn:  {amplify}] 
  2:  to  enlarge  beyond  bounds  or  the  truth:  "  tended  to 
  romanticize  and  exaggerate  this  ``gracious  Old  South'' 
  imagery."  [syn:  {overstate},  {exaggerate},  {overdraw},  {hyperbolize}, 
  {amplify}]  [ant:  {understate}] 
  3:  make  large  "blow  up  an  image"  [syn:  {blow  up},  {enlarge}] 
  [ant:  {reduce}] 




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