Definition for MAG'NI-FY

MAG'NI-FY, v.t. [L. magnifico; magnus, great, and facio, to make.]

  1. To make great or greater; to increase the apparent dimensions of a body. A convex lens magnifies the bulk of a body to the eye.
  2. To make great in representation; to extol; to exalt in description or praise. The embassador magnified the king and queen.
  3. To extol; to exalt; to elevate; to raise in estimation. Thee that day / Thy thunders magnified. Milton. The Lord magnified Solomon exceedingly. 1 Chron. xxix. To magnify one's self, to raise in pride and pretensions. He shall magnify himself in his heart. Dan. viii.

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