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 diameters. "The least error in a small quantity . . . Will in a great one . . . Be proportionately magnified." (Grew)

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. 14)

3. To praise highly; to land; to extol. "O, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together." (Ps. Xxxiv. 3)

4. To exaggerate; as, to magnify a loss or a difficulty. To magnify one's self, to oppose with pride.

Origin: OE. Magnifien, F. Magnifier, L. Magnificare. See Magnific.

(01 Mar 1998)