Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

zoom

play
verb \ˈzüm\

Simple Definition of zoom

  • : to move quickly

  • : to move quickly upward

  • : to increase suddenly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of zoom

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to move with a loud low hum or buzz b :  to go speedily :  zip <cars zooming by on the highway>

  3. 2 of an airplane :  to climb for a short time at an angle greater than that which can be maintained in steady flight so that the machine is carried upward at the expense of stored kinetic energy

  4. 3 a :  to focus a camera or microscope on an object using a zoom lens so that the object's apparent distance from the observer changes —often used with in or out b :  focus, zero —used with in <trying to zoom in on the cause of these problems>

  5. 4 :  to increase sharply <retail sales zoomed>

  6. transitive verb
  7. :  to cause to zoom

Examples of zoom in a sentence

  1. They got in the car and zoomed away.

  2. The group of bicycle racers zoomed past.

  3. After her first successful cases she zoomed to the top of her profession.

  4. Housing sales have zoomed in recent months.



Origin and Etymology of zoom

imitative


First Known Use: 1903


2

zoom

noun

Simple Definition of zoom

  • : the loud sound of a vehicle that is moving very fast

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of zoom

  1. 1 a :  an act or process of zooming; especially :  a sharp upward movement b :  an image created by zooming

  2. 2 :  a zooming sound

  3. 3 :  a means of producing an enlarged image (as in a camera); specifically :  zoom lens

Examples of zoom in a sentence

  1. The camera was equipped with a zoom.

  2. The truck went by with a zoom.



1917

First Known Use of zoom

1917



ZOOM Defined for Kids

1

zoom

play
verb \ˈzüm\

Definition of zoom for Students

zoomed

zooming

  1. 1 :  to move quickly often with a loud low hum or buzz <He … spun the truck around and zoomed off … — Oliver Butterworth, The Enormous Egg>

  2. 2 :  to move upward quickly <The airplane zoomed into the sky.> <His new song zoomed to the top of the sales charts.>




2

zoom

play
noun

Definition of zoom for Students

  1. 1 :  an act or process of moving quickly along or upwards

  2. 2 :  a loud low humming or buzzing sound <The truck went by with a zoom.>




Learn More about zoom


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up zoom? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

looking or feeling very sad

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

dog-eating-apple

Which is a synonym of asperse?

divulge placate beat defame
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ