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
  1. verb
    increase in size, volume or significance
    “Her terror was magnified in her mind”
    synonyms: amplify
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    become larger or bigger
  2. verb
    make large
    synonyms: blow up, enlarge
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    reduce, scale down
    make smaller
    type of:
    make bigger or more
  3. verb
    to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
    synonyms: amplify, exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, overdraw, overstate
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    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
    type of:
    misinform, mislead
    give false or misleading information to
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