[ mag-nuh-fi-key-shuhn ]
See synonyms for magnification on
  1. the act of magnifying or the state of being magnified.

  2. the power to magnify. : Compare power (def. 20a).

  1. a magnified image, drawing, copy, etc.

Origin of magnification

First recorded in 1615–25, magnification is from the Late Latin word magnificātiōn- (stem of magnificātiō). See magnify, -fication

Other words from magnification

  • o·ver·mag·ni·fi·ca·tion, noun

Words Nearby magnification Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use magnification in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for magnification


/ (ˌmæɡnɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) /

  1. the act of magnifying or the state of being magnified

  2. the degree to which something is magnified

  1. a copy, photograph, drawing, etc, of something magnified

  2. a measure of the ability of a lens or other optical instrument to magnify, expressed as the ratio of the size of the image to that of the object

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