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  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 
  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 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  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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