To magnify is to make something bigger, whether in size or in significance.

A magnifying glass makes things look bigger and when anything is magnified, it gets larger in some way. If your hunger is magnified, you've gotten hungrier. Wearing a heavy coat on a hot day will magnify the heat: you're feeling hotter and hotter. Also, non-physical things get magnified. The press could magnify a story by discussing it over and over, making it a bigger story than it was originally. All types of magnifying make things bigger.

Definitions of magnify

v increase in size, volume or significance

“Her terror was magnified in her mind”
Type of:
become larger or bigger

v make large

blow up, enlarge
reduce, scale down
make smaller
Type of:
make bigger or more

v to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth

amplify, exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, overdraw, overstate
downplay, minimise, minimize, understate
represent as less significant or important
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overemphasise, overemphasize, overstress
place special or excessive emphasis on
blow, bluster, boast, brag, gas, gasconade, shoot a line, swash, tout, vaunt
show off
aggrandise, aggrandize, blow up, dramatise, dramatize, embellish, embroider, lard, pad
add details to
cause to seem more splendid
speak in a blustering or scornful manner
crow, gloat, triumph
dwell on with satisfaction
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misinform, mislead
give false or misleading information to

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