Definition of “magnify” - English Dictionary

british dictionary

“magnify” in British English

See all translations

(Definition of “magnify” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“magnify” in American English

See all translations

magnifyverb [ T ]

us /ˈmæɡ·nəˌfɑɪ/

to make something look larger than it is, esp. by looking at it through a special piece of glass:

Although your skin looks smooth, when magnified you can see a lot of little bumps and holes.

fig. To magnify something is also to make it seem more important or more serious than it really is:

He always magnifies the problems and inconveniences of travel.

(Definition of “magnify” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)