amplify

verb
am·​pli·​fy | \ -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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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Every donation made on the essence.civicore.com website will be amplified this weekend by through national and local partners, and the greater community of participating organizations. Essence, "Girls United Takes Center Stage At 2019 Essence Festival," 5 July 2019 Some can rely on their own networks of supporters to share highlights, without needing to depend on the chattering classes and cable news shows to amplify their message. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Watch live: At first 2020 debate, O'Rourke, Warren and Castro jockey for edge in huge Democratic pack," 26 June 2019 Other candidates have signed onto the idea, and activists within the party have amplified the message. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "The Debates Will Be About Climate—Disguised as Other Issues," 26 June 2019 Some of the topics covered this year have been how to use social media to amplify messages, environmental issues and campaign strategies for those who want to run for office. Catie Wegman, sun-sentinel.com, "Millennial activists to host Taste of Broward fundraiser," 4 June 2019 This year, Google is investing substantially in amplifying the message about its camera lead. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Sales are a measure of sales, not importance," 16 Oct. 2018 These gestures are amplified by the league’s publicity machine, and players revered by their fans. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Going to Lose His War on Football," 5 June 2018 Thanks largely to the Selzes’s donations, ICAN is now the best-funded among a trio of organizations that have amplified concerns about vaccines. The Washington Post, oregonlive.com, "Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement," 19 June 2019 Thanks largely to the Selzes’s donations, ICAN is now the best-funded among a trio of organizations that have amplified concerns about vaccines. Amy Brittain, Twin Cities, "Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement," 19 June 2019

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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
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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