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
As seen on the runway, the red carpet, and yes, even music videos, the metallic shade amplifies the radiance of evening makeup when painted over eyelids.
Meanwhile, rumors spread that Kushner was trying to force Bannon out, a claim longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone amplified on Alex Jones’s radio show.
Splinter will contextualize current events while remaining committed to amplifying underrepresented voices, shining a light on systematic inequality, and skewering politicians when necessary.
In an opera where the storyline is already fantastical and a bit complicated, the magic is amplified by animations as well as by a setting updated to the silent movie era.
The internet amplifies the effect, organizing the haters into packs of digital attack dogs.
The shortage of judges amplifies other problems in the immigration system.
This was an outlet that already cared about amplifying and engaging its audience.
Remember the pact that female Obama staffers made to amplify each other’s voices in meetings?
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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