区别辨析exaggerate与magnify

exaggerate与magnify这两个动词均有“夸大、夸张”之意。

exaggerate : 指有意或无意地夸张或夸大,含强烈“过火”意味。

  • The threat of attack has been greatly exaggerated.
    遭受袭击的威胁被过分夸大了。
  • Don't exaggerate - it wasn't that expensive.
    不要言过其实——没有那么贵。
  • I'm not exaggerating - it was the worst meal I've ever eaten in my life.
    我不是在夸大其词——那是我这辈子吃到的最难以下咽的饭了。

magnify : 本义为“放大或扩大”,引申用与exaggerate含义类似,但不如exaggerate常用。

  • Although our skin looks smooth, when magnified it is full of bumps and holes.
    我们的皮肤看上去很光滑,但放大后看却是坑坑洼洼的。
  • The hot summer magnified the racial tensions in the community.
    炎热的夏日加深了社区的种族矛盾。
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