magnify - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participlemagnifying
past tensemagnified
past participlemagnified
  1. 1
    to make something appear bigger than it really is
    1. a.
      to make something appear more important, severe, or dangerous than it really is

      They have no need to magnify the importance of their achievements.

  2. 2
    to increase the size, strength, or power of something

    Our fear and confusion only magnified the problem.