amplify

verb
am·​pli·​fy | \ -ˌfī \
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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Or laugh out loud at the memes that amplified and called them out? Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Meghan Markle’s Baby Björn and Pope Rihanna: 14 Memes That Synthesized the Biggest Fashion Moments of 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 In the 2018 midterm elections, Republican candidates in some parts of the country openly campaigned on bigotry, running ads that amplified fears of minorities. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Mia Love and Tim Scott want the GOP to reach out to minority voters. The party is doing the opposite.," 12 Dec. 2018 There’s a way to do a headline that doesn’t just amplify an incorrect statement, right? Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: NBC journalists Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Hallie Jackson on Recode Decode," 5 Dec. 2018 Bredesen has identified more than three dozen mechanisms that amplify the biological processes that drive the disease. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 These work by relaying a signal from the main router to a second or sometimes third satellite beacon that amplifies the original signal. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How to Test Your Wi-Fi Speed," 15 Oct. 2018 More liberal Israelis said the hard-charging prosecution of Tamimi had been a public relations disaster that only amplified her fame. Mohammed Daraghmeh, Fox News, "Palestinian teen icon says she has a 'political future'," 31 July 2018 Elena Sotomayor, 46 Executive vp experiential marketing, CMN As the lead marketing officer for the nation’s biggest Latin-music concert promotion company, Sotomayor negotiates deals that amplify live performances with multiple digital strategies. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Revealed: Billboard's 2018 Top Branding Power Players," 18 June 2018 Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), a radar that amplifies and records the on-goings in space using a 25 meter antenna. USA TODAY, "Supermassive black hole violently swallows star, and researchers watch," 15 June 2018

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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

: 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 \
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 \
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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