amplify

verb
am·​pli·​fy | \ ˈam-plə-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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Well, that could amplify the capabilities of a new Breathe app interestingly. David Phelan, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Many businesses are planning to offer vaccinations at their office locations, which, in addition to providing convenient access to employees, will amplify existing vaccine education efforts. Zeta Smith, Fortune, 25 May 2021 Republicans and Democrats—including both President Biden and even our most progressive members of Congress—amplify the warmongering and push for increased defense spending. Nina Luo, The New Republic, 20 May 2021 These events can amplify the kinds of conditions that help the damaging salt crystals form. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, 14 May 2021 The decision will surely amplify the sense of Germany as a center of tension within Roman Catholicism. BostonGlobe.com, 10 May 2021 Posts on her social media repeatedly amplify the false claim that the 2020 election was fraudulent. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2021 The decision will surely amplify the sense of Germany as a center of tension within Roman Catholicism. Washington Post, 10 May 2021 Without the necessary support from the government, many in India are turning to Twitter to seek help, amplify the needs of others, and provide support where possible. Eve Sneider, Wired, 7 May 2021

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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 "to enlarge, increase," borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French amplifier, borrowed from Latin amplificāre "to increase the size of, augment," from amplus "more than adequate in size or extent, ample" + -i- -i- + -ficāre -fy

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The first known use of amplify was in the 14th century

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“Amplify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amplify. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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