verb (used with object), mag·ni·fied, mag·ni·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), mag·ni·fied, mag·ni·fy·ing.
- magnifying glass,
Origin of magnify
Examples from the Web for magnify
The fact that it was thought necessary to magnify so greatly this small success, showed how much the royalists lacked confidence.The Great Civil War in Lancashire (1642-1651)|Ernest Broxap
In it he seemed to be trying at once to justify himself in my eyes, to assert his own self-respect, and to magnify his office.The Chaplain of the Fleet|Walter Besant and James Rice
The actors in such scenes were not slow to magnify and embellish their own services at the expense of truth.A Critical Exposition of the Popular 'Jihd'|Moulavi Gergh Ali
We love Burns, and we pity him; and love and pity are prone to magnify.Life of Robert Burns|Thomas Carlyle
There was never law, or sect, or opinion did so magnify goodness as the Christian religion doth.The Mormon Puzzle, and How to Solve It|R. W. Beers
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
Word Origin for magnify
late 14c., "to speak or act for the glory or honor (of someone or something)," from Old French magnefiier "glorify, magnify," from Latin magnificare "esteem greatly, extol, make much of," from magnificus "great, elevated, noble" (see magnificence). Meaning "use a telescope or microscope" is first attested 1660s, said to be a unique development in English. Related: Magnified; magnifying.