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English verb: magnify

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

SamplesHer terror was magnified in her mind.


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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