SAW Publishing’s Word of the Week (WOW) program is a vocabulary supplement built around hymns and Bible verses. Each lesson contains a Webster’s 1828 Dictionary definition, Scripture reference, and examples that encourage students to use new vocabulary in daily life. To find out more about the program, see our post entitled Boost Your Student’s Vocabulary with our FREE Word of the Week. To receive the FREE Word of the Week lesson the Monday before it is posted, sign up for the WOW email below.
Word of the Week Lesson #14
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Abridged from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
MAGNIF’Y verb transitive
to make great; to exalt; to extol
Webster’s 1828 Full Definition
MAGNIF’Y verb transitive
[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 [sic] magnified the king and queen.
3. To extol; to exalt; to raise in estimation.
Thee that day
Thy thunders magnified. Milton.
The Lord magnified Solomon exceedingly. 1 Chronicles 29:25
To magnify one’s self, to raise in pride and pretensions.
He shall magnify himself in his heart. Daniel 8:25
“I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.” ~ Psalm 69:30 (KJV)
All scripture references are taken from the King James Bible
“O magnify the Lord with me,
With me exalt His name;
When in distress to Him I called,
He to my rescue came.”
– Nahum Tate (1652–1715) and Nicholas Brady (1659–1726), Through All the Changing Scenes of Life
All hymn texts are taken from Cyber Hymnal
Examples from Daily Life
“These snowflakes are huge,” said Philip, reaching out the van door to catch some on his coat sleeve. “I wish I had my magnifying glass—then we could see their crystals in detail.”
“We’d certainly have plenty of time to look at them,” Robyn added. “Poor Dad—I think this weather is going to magnify his difficulties. It isn’t easy to fix an engine with frozen fingers!”
“Let’s take a minute, and pray about this problem,” said Mr. Gravesend, stepping back to the shelter of the vehicle. “If we magnify the Lord, and thank Him for his protection, we’ll feel less frustrated by the troubles with the van.”
Printable Image With Short Definition and Memory Verse
Luke 1:46-55 is known as the Magnificat. Read through the passage and see if you can guess why it is given this name. Which verse gives you the clue? Do you think the word Magnificat describes the entire passage as well?
A sample answer will appear at the bottom of next week’s WOW lesson.
Sample Answer to Last Week’s Bonus Activity
Student answers will vary, based on which word is chosen.
I looked up the word furnish, and was surprised to find that it has a strong sense of supplying. When Webster says that assurance is “the act of . . . making a declaration in terms that furnish grounds of confidence,” he means that the person giving the assurance is supplying what is needed for confidence.
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