|Origin:||magnifier, from Latin magnificus; MAGNIFICENT|
mag‧ni‧fy past tense and past participle magnified, present participle magnifying, third person singular magnifies [transitive]
to make something seem bigger or louder, especially using special equipment:
At the Sheffield arena, the speakers were magnified ten times on a giant screen.
A public address system magnifies all the little noises and coughs.
to make something seem more important than it really is [= exaggerate]:
The report tends to magnify the risks involved.
to make something much worse or more serious:
The results of economic mismanagement were magnified by a series of natural disasters.