amplification

noun

am·​pli·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌam-plə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce amplification (audio)
1
a
: an act, example, or product of amplifying
b
: a usually massive replication of genetic material and especially of a gene or DNA sequence (as in a polymerase chain reaction)
2
a
: the particulars by which a statement is expanded
b
: an expanded statement

Examples of amplification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rappaport will serve as strategic advisor to We Are Giant CEO Andy Apple and his executive leadership team, lending his expertise on event execution, artist relations, fan amplification, and more. Thania Garcia, Variety, 17 Jan. 2024 The Arctic is warming, on average, four times faster than the rest of the planet, an effect called Arctic amplification. Sarah Gibbens, Environment, 16 Jan. 2024 After all, the digital-to-analog converter, the headphone amplification, and all the other hardware that goes into delivering a great music player are nothing more than afterthoughts when a company is specifying a smartphone. Simon Lucas, WIRED, 21 Dec. 2023 His attack amplification tricks and bot infection tools had established him as a kind of Hack Forums alpha, an unmistakable standout in the scrum. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 14 Nov. 2023 Both instances were examples of a handful of people imbuing an innocuous object with nefarious meaning, with intense social media amplification broadcasting the claim to a wider audience. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 2 Dec. 2023 Jaffe oversees communications strategies at PMC and across its portfolio brands, both internally and externally, including brand amplification, corporate messaging, information dissemination and issue management. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Nov. 2023 Presumably, Musk’s federal contract supervisors would have to make the case that his amplification of antisemitic and white supremacist thinking falls into that category. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2023 Yet Tedros, a lightning rod during the pandemic for his early amplification of Chinese Communist claims that downplayed the danger of the novel coronavirus, drew fire once more from lawmakers and expert witnesses who accused him of misleading the public. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, 8 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Latin amplificātiōn-, amplificātiō "act of making greater, enlarging upon (in rhetoric)," from amplificāre "to increase the size of, amplify" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

First Known Use

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of amplification was in 1546

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Cite this Entry

“Amplification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amplification. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

amplification

noun
am·​pli·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌam-plə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce amplification (audio)
: an act, example, or product of amplifying

Medical Definition

amplification

noun
am·​pli·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌam-plə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce amplification (audio)
1
: an act, example, or product of amplifying
2
: a usually massive replication of genetic material and especially of a gene or DNA sequence (as in a polymerase chain reaction)
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