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Meaning of magnify

mag•ni•fy

Pronunciation: (mag'nu-fī"), [key]
— v., -fied, -fy•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to increase the apparent size of, as a lens does.
  2. to make greater in actual size; enlarge: to magnify a drawing in preparing for a fresco.
  3. to cause to seem greater or more important; attribute too much importance to; exaggerate: to magnify one's difficulties.
  4. to make more exciting; intensify; dramatize; heighten: The playwright magnified the conflict to get her point across.
  5. to extol; praise: to magnify the Lord.
—v.i.
  1. to increase or be able to increase the apparent or actual size of an object.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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