amplify

verb
am·​pli·​fy | \ -ˌfī How to pronounce amplify (audio) \
amplified; amplifying

Definition of amplify

transitive verb

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) : 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

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Choose the Right Synonym for amplify

expand, amplify, swell, distend, inflate, dilate mean to increase in size or volume. expand may apply regardless of the manner of increase (such as growth, unfolding, addition of parts). a business that expands every year amplify implies the extension or enlargement of something inadequate. amplify the statement with details swell implies gradual expansion beyond a thing's original or normal limits. the bureaucracy swelled to unmanageable proportions distend implies outward extension caused by pressure from within. a distended abdomen inflate implies expanding by introduction of air or something insubstantial and suggests a vulnerability to sudden collapse. an inflated ego dilate applies especially to expansion of circumference. dilated pupils

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
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Thanks largely to the Selzes’s donations, ICAN is now the best-funded among a trio of organizations that have amplified concerns about vaccines. The Washington Post, oregonlive.com, "Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement," 19 June 2019 Thanks largely to the Selzes’s donations, ICAN is now the best-funded among a trio of organizations that have amplified concerns about vaccines. Amy Brittain, Twin Cities, "Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement," 19 June 2019 Thanks largely to the Selzes’s donations, ICAN is now the best-funded among a trio of organizations that have amplified concerns about vaccines. Washington Post, "Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement," 19 June 2019 The show portrays a racist justice system and an equally hellish penal system, as well as media that amplified the lies that put the boys in prison. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, "How “When They See Us” and “Chernobyl” Make Us Look," 17 June 2019 European Central Bank President Mario Draghi opened the door to interest-rate cuts for the eurozone economy on Thursday, a significant policy shift that amplifies a global trend toward easier monetary policy to combat weaker growth. Brian Blackstone, WSJ, "ECB Raises Prospect of Rate Cut, Follows Fed Lead," 6 June 2019 For me, rigidity seems to create conditions that amplify my own anxieties. Gray Chapman, SELF, "A Nightmare About Nachos Made Me Realize That Dieting Was Causing Me Food Anxiety," 27 Mar. 2019 The president has 58 million Twitter followers and a vast conservative media-industrial complex that will happily amplify his comments. Sean Illing, Vox, "How the media should respond to Trump’s lies: State of the Union edition," 5 Feb. 2019 Another effective strategy is to amplify the voices of those who have been adopted out of difficult circumstances and are now thriving. Dan Hart, National Review, "In a Post-Abortion America, the Pro-Life Movement Must Prepare to Change Attitudes toward Adoption," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of amplify

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for amplify

Middle English amplifien, from Middle French amplifier, from Latin amplificare, from amplus

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amplify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of amplify

: to increase the strength of (an electric signal)
: to make (something, such as a musical instrument) louder by increasing the strength of electric signals
formal : to give more information about (something, such as a statement) : to speak or write about (something) in a more complete way

amplify

verb
am·​pli·​fy | \ ˈam-plə-ˌfī How to pronounce amplify (audio) \
amplified; amplifying

Kids Definition of amplify

1 : to make louder or greater A megaphone amplifies your voice.
2 : to give more information about amplify a statement

Other Words from amplify

amplification \ ˌam-​plə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən \ noun

amplify

transitive verb
am·​pli·​fy | \ -ˌfī How to pronounce amplify (audio) \
amplified; amplifying

Medical Definition of amplify

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

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