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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Our collective white privilege allowed us to amplify other voices and open a conversation on a national level. Allie Holloway, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sarah Chadwick, Laura Dern, & Diane Kruger Fight for Gun Violence Prevention," 20 Feb. 2019 News items both amplified and challenged the idea of women candidates having to be likable. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "How did ‘likability’ become a thing for women in politics?," 18 Jan. 2019 Legal experts say the process opens the door for more people to file claims, amplifying victims’ voices and giving them more leverage to demand funds. Katy Stech Ferek And Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, "USA Gymnastics Bankruptcy Could Help Victims," 7 Dec. 2018 The President’s tweets have amplified and exacerbated it all. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe fired," 17 Mar. 2018 And that's only going to amplify in the coming weeks. John Canzano, OregonLive.com, "Canzano: Oregon State hired Brenda Tracy to consult... just not about Luke Heimlich Rule," 7 May 2018 Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon amplified that request in writing last week. Andrew M Harris, Bloomberg.com, "Trump's Quick Agreement to Kim Meeting a Surprise, Diplomat Says," 18 Mar. 2018 Articulate, witty, and digitally native, the survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida are using social media to debunk conspiracy theories and amplify their voices in a way the world hasn't seen before. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "How Parkland's social media-savvy teens took back the internet — and the gun control debate," 22 Feb. 2018 Much like earlier reporting, the two reports note that Russian efforts largely revolved around the 2016 elections, finding that Russians created pages encouraging voters not to support Hillary Clinton while amplifying support of Trump. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "How Russia exploited racial tensions in America during the 2016 elections," 17 Dec. 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
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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