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 for magnify
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Magnify \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
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              The least error in a small quantity . . . will in a
              great one . . . be proportionately magnified.
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     2. To increase the importance of; to augment the esteem or
        respect in which one is held.
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              On that day the Lord magnified Joshua in the sight
              of all Israel.                        --Joshua iv.
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     3. To praise highly; to laud; to extol. [Archaic]
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              O, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his
              name together.                        --Ps. xxxiv.
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     4. To exaggerate; as, to magnify a loss or a difficulty.
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     To magnify one's self (Script.), to exhibit pride and
        haughtiness; to boast.
     To magnify one's self against (Script.), to oppose with
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Magnify \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.
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     2. To have effect; to be of importance or significance. [Cant
        & Obs.] --Spectator.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  167 Moby Thesaurus words for "magnify":
     accelerate, add to, adulate, agent provocateur, aggrandize,
     aggravate, amplify, annoy, apotheose, apotheosize, augment,
     ballyhoo, beatify, beef up, belaud, bepraise, bless,
     bless the Lord, bloat, blow up, boast of, boost, brag about,
     broaden, build, build up, bulk, bulk out, burlesque, canonize,
     caricature, carry too far, celebrate, color, complicate,
     concentrate, condense, consolidate, crescendo, crown, cry up,
     deepen, deify, deteriorate, develop, dignify, dilate, distend,
     distinguish, double, doxologize, dramatize, draw the longbow,
     elevate, embellish, embitter, emblazon, enhance, enlarge, ennoble,
     enshrine, enthrone, erect, eulogize, exacerbate, exaggerate, exalt,
     exasperate, expand, extend, extol, flatter, fudge, glamorize,
     glorify, glorify the Lord, go to extremes, heat up, heighten,
     hero-worship, hike, hike up, honor, hop up, hot up, huff, hymn,
     hyperbolize, idolize, immortalize, increase, inflate, intensify,
     irritate, jazz up, key up, laud, lay it on, lionize, make acute,
     make complex, make legendary, make much of, make worse, maximize,
     mount, multiply, overcharge, overdo, overdraw, overemphasize,
     overestimate, overpaint, overpraise, overreach, overreact,
     oversell, overspeak, overstate, overstress, pad, panegyrize,
     pay tribute, pile it on, porter aux nues, praise, praise God,
     provoke, puff, puff up, pump, pump up, raise, ramify, rarefy,
     redouble, reinforce, rouse, saint, salute, sanctify, set up,
     sharpen, sing praises, soup up, sour, step up, strengthen, stretch,
     stretch the truth, sublime, sufflate, swell, talk big,
     talk in superlatives, throne, tout, travesty, triple, trumpet, up,
     uplift, uprear, vise, whet, widen, worsen

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