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magnify

mag·ni·fy

magnify

 
pronunciation:
maeg nih faI
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: verb
inflections: magnified, magnifies, magnifying
definition 1: to cause to appear larger.
A telescope magnifies the stars.
synonyms:
exaggerate
similar words:
amplify, enlarge, expand on, inflate
definition 2: to cause to seem more important than it is.
She magnifies her troubles to get her parents' attention.
synonyms:
exaggerate
similar words:
boost, glorify, intensify
derivations: magnifiable (adj.), magnifier (n.)
Word Parts
The word magnify contains the following parts:
magn, magna, magni Latin root that means great, large
synonyms:
maxi, mega, megal, megalo, -megaly, macro-
antonyms:
min, micro-
 
-fy, -ify, -efy Latin verb-forming suffix that means make, cause to be, become
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The suffix group -fy , -ify , -efy forms verbs from primarily Latin bases. When -ify attaches to an English base, the base is an adjective (uglify , Frenchify ) or noun (citify , zombify) usually having one syllable or two syllables ending in |i|. Verbs ending in -fy have corresponding noun forms ending in -ion: as a rule, -ify becomes -ification (verify , verification); -efy becomes -efaction (putrefy , putrefaction). See also fac, fic, fec, fact, fect.