Definition of amplify
1 : to expand (something, such as a statement) by the use of detail or illustration or by closer analysis
2a : to make larger or greater (as in amount, importance, or intensity) : increaseb : to increase the strength or amount of; especially : to make louderc : to cause (a gene or DNA sequence) to undergo amplification
: to expand one's remarks or ideas
Examples of amplify in a Sentence
amplify a weak radio signal
a receiver that amplified the television signal
using spices to amplify the flavors of the food
Recent Examples of amplify from the Web
Scott and Condra caution that much of what is reported about North Korea’s cyber army comes from defectors or rival governments with a spin motive and is amplified by partisan or attention-seeking media.
The crux of the long-term plan for Sporting Kansas City, a path toward sustained success, has narrowed in recent years toward amplifying youth soccer in the region.
The measures could have been agreed by the council’s North Korea sanctions committee behind closed doors, but a public vote would amplify the body’s anger at Pyongyang’s defiance of a ban on ballistic missile launches by the United Nations.
And school districts likely will amplify their concerns as a new school year approaches.
Its power was only amplified by the shadowy Russian connections of Donald Trump, his family, and his entourage.
The lights behind the band amplified the show even more, with technicolor LEDs illuminating the entire crowd.
The crime was amplified by the attention the photo got online and the backlash that erupted in the world of social media, which is often quicker to punish than reward.
Government grants, foundation funds and universities with chairs for poets-in-residence are all conspiring to strengthen or at least amplify their voices in the world at large.
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Origin and Etymology of amplify
Middle English amplifien, from Middle French amplifier, from Latin amplificare, from amplus
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of amplify
AMPLIFY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of amplify for English Language Learners
: 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
AMPLIFY Defined for Kids
Definition of amplify for Students
1 : to make louder or greater A megaphone amplifies your voice.
2 : to give more information about amplify a statement
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