amplify

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verb am·pli·fy \-ˌfī\

Definition of amplify

amplified

amplifying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to expand (as a statement) by the use of detail or illustration or by closer analysis

  3. 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

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  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

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

expand, amplify, swell, distend, inflate, dilate mean to increase in size or volume. expand may apply regardless of the manner of increase (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

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verb am·pli·fy \-ˌfī\

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

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verb am·pli·fy \ˈam-plə-ˌfī\

Definition of amplify for Students

amplified

amplifying

  1. 1 :  to make louder or greater <A megaphone amplifies your voice.>

  2. 2 :  to give more information about <amplify a statement>

amplification

\ˌam-plə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

Medical Dictionary

amplify

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transitive verb am·pli·fy \-ˌfī\

Medical Definition of amplify

amplified

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amplifying

  1. 1:  to make larger or greater (as in amount or intensity)

  2. 2:  to increase the strength or amount of; especially :  to make louder

  3. 3:  to cause (a gene or DNA sequence) to undergo amplification



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