Antonyms for magnify

Grammar : Verb
Spell : mag-nuh-fahy
Phonetic Transcription : ˈmæg nəˌfaɪ

Definition of magnify

Origin :
  • late 14c., "to speak or act for the glory or honor (of someone or something)," from Old French magnefiier "glorify, magnify," from Latin magnificare "esteem greatly, extol, make much of," from magnificus "great, elevated, noble" (see magnificence). Meaning "use a telescope or microscope" is first attested 1660s, said to be a unique development in English. Related: Magnified; magnifying.
  • verb enlarge, intensify
  • verb exaggerate, blow out of proportion
Example sentences :
  • Let them (the gods) declare, let them magnify, let them sing his praises.
  • Extract from : « The Babylonian Legends of the Creation » by British Museum
  • Here is a man whom those that magnify him the least confess to be a good man, the best of men.
  • Extract from : « A Dish Of Orts » by George MacDonald
  • Magnify that immensely, increase enormously the noise, and one had the War!
  • Extract from : « Changing Winds » by St. John G. Ervine
  • Age is commonly boastful, and inclined to magnify past acts and past times.
  • Extract from : « King Henry the Fifth » by William Shakespeare
  • We are awe-struck at their power, and magnify the mystery of their existence.
  • Extract from : « By the Christmas Fire » by Samuel McChord Crothers
  • Let us magnify our calling and be happy, but strive to progress.
  • Extract from : « Hidden Treasures » by Harry A. Lewis
  • I give you credit for sagacity, but you are disposed to magnify trifles.
  • Extract from : « Behind the Scenes » by Elizabeth Keckley
  • And do not be tempted to magnify Greta's offence against friendship.
  • Extract from : « The Dop Doctor » by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Every thing seemed to combine to magnify the power of the king.
  • Extract from : « Louis XIV., Makers of History Series » by John S. C. Abbott
  • In this way does Peter magnify the awful intensity of God's wrath.
  • Extract from : « Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II » by Martin Luther

Synonyms for magnify

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