verb am·pli·fy \-ˌfī\

: to increase the strength of (an electric signal)

: to make (something, such as a musical instrument) louder by increasing the strength of electric signals

: to give more information about (something, such as a statement) : to speak or write about (something) in a more complete way


Full Definition of AMPLIFY

transitive verb
:  to expand (as a statement) by the use of detail or illustration or by closer analysis
a :  to make larger or greater (as in amount, importance, or intensity) :  increase
b :  to increase the strength or amount of; especially :  to make louder
c :  to cause (a gene or DNA sequence) to undergo amplification
intransitive verb
:  to expand one's remarks or ideas

Examples of AMPLIFY

  1. amplify a weak radio signal
  2. a receiver that amplified the television signal
  3. using spices to amplify the flavors of the food

Origin of AMPLIFY

Middle English amplifien, from Middle French amplifier, from Latin amplificare, from amplus
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with AMPLIFY

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transitive verb am·pli·fy \-ˌfī\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of AMPLIFY

:  to make larger or greater (as in amount or intensity)
:  to increase the strength or amount of; especially :  to make louder
:  to cause (a gene or DNA sequence) to undergo amplification


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