amplify

verb am·pli·fy \ -ˌfī \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of amplify

amplified; amplifying
transitive verb
1 :to expand (something, such as a statement) by the use of detail or illustration or by closer analysis
2 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 in a Sentence

  1. amplify a weak radio signal

  2. a receiver that amplified the television signal

  3. using spices to amplify the flavors of the food

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Origin and Etymology of amplify

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

amplify Synonyms

Synonyms
expand, develop, dilate (on or upon), elaborate (on), enlarge (on or upon), flesh (out)
Antonyms
abbreviate, abridge, condense, shorten
Related Words
add (to), complement, supplement; discourse, expatiate, ramble, run on
Near Antonyms
compress, contract; outline, summarize, sum up

Synonym Discussion of 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

AMPLIFY Defined for English Language Learners

amplify

verb

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

amplify

verb am·pli·fy \ ˈam-plə-ˌfī \

Definition of amplify for Students

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

amplification

\ˌam-plə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

Medical Dictionary

amplify

transitive verb am·pli·fy \ -ˌfī \

medical Definition of amplify

amplified; amplifying
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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