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English verb: magnify

1. magnify (change) increase in size, volume or significance


SamplesHer terror was magnified in her mind.


Synonymsamplify


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)enlarge

2. magnify (communication) to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth


SamplesTended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery.


Synonymsamplify, exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, overdraw, overstate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)misinform, mislead


Narrower (hyponym)aggrandise, aggrandize, blow, blow up, bluster, boast, brag, dramatise, dramatize, embellish, embroider, gas, gasconade, lard, overemphasise, overemphasize, overstress, pad, shoot a line, swash, tout, vaunt


Antonymsdownplay, minimise, understate, minimize

3. magnify (change) make large


SamplesBlow up an image.


Synonymsblow up, enlarge


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)increase


Domain categoryphotography, picture taking


Antonymsscale down, reduce









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