—v.t. 1. to increase the apparent size of, as a lens does.
2. to make greater in actual size; enlarge: to magnify a drawing in preparing for a fresco. 3. to cause to seem greater or more important; attribute too much importance to; exaggerate: to magnify one's difficulties. 4. to make more exciting; intensify; dramatize; heighten: The playwright magnified the conflict to get her point across. 5. Archaic.to extol; praise: to magnify the Lord.
—v.i. to increase or be able to increase the apparent or actual size of an object.