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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mag·ni·fy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Magnified p. pr. & vb. n. Magnifying ]
 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. 14.
 3. To praise highly; to laud; to extol. [Archaic]
    O, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.   --Ps. xxxiv. 3.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : enlarged to an abnormal degree; "thick lenses exaggerated
            the size of her eyes" [syn: exaggerated, enlarged]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: increase in size, volume or significance; "Her terror was
           magnified in her mind" [syn: amplify]
      2: to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth; "tended to
         romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South'
         imagery" [syn: overstate, exaggerate, overdraw, hyperbolize,
          hyerbolise, amplify] [ant: understate]
      3: make large; "blow up an image" [syn: blow up, enlarge]
         [ant: reduce]
      [also: magnified]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      See magnify