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magnifyverb [T]

uk   /ˈmæɡ.nɪ.faɪ/  us   /ˈmæɡ.nə.faɪ/
to make something look larger than it is, especially by looking at it through a lens: Although our skin looks smooth, when magnified it is full of bumps and holes.
to make a problem bigger or more important: The hot summer magnified the racial tensions in the community.
(Definition of magnify from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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magnifyverb [T]

 us   /ˈmæɡ·nəˌfɑɪ/
to make something look larger than it is, esp. by looking at it through a special piece of glass: Although your skin looks smooth, when magnified you can see a lot of little bumps and holes.
fig. To magnify something is also to make it seem more important or more serious than it really is: He always magnifies the problems and inconveniences of travel.
(Definition of magnify from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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