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[v] (photography) make large; "blow up an image"
[v] increase in size, volume or significance; "Her terror was magnified in her mind."
[v] to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth; "tended to romanticize and exaggerate this ``gracious Old South'' imagery"

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\Mag"ni*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Magnified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Magnifying}.] [OE. magnifien, F. magnifier, L. magnificare. See {Magnific}.]
1. To make great, or greater; to increase the dimensions of; to amplify; to enlarge, either in fact or in appearance; as, the microscope magnifies the object by a thousand diameters. The least error in a small quantity . . . will in a great one . . . be proportionately magnified. --Grew.
2. To increase the importance of; to augment the esteem or respect in which one is held. On that day the Lord magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel. --Joshua iv. 1
3. To praise highly; to land; to extol. [Archaic] O, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. --Ps. xxxiv.
4. To exaggerate; as, to magnify a loss or a difficulty. {To magnify one's self} (Script.), to exhibit pride and haughtiness; to boast. {To magnify one's self against} (Script.), to oppose with pride.
\Mag"ni*fy\, v. i.
1. To have the power of causing objects to appear larger than they really are; to increase the apparent dimensions of objects; as, some lenses magnify but little.
2. To have effect; to be of importance or significance. [Cant & Obs.] --Spectator. {Magnifying glass}, a lens which magnifies the apparent dimensions of objects seen through it.

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