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
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 shortage of judges amplifies other problems in the immigration system.
This was an outlet that already cared about amplifying and engaging its audience.
When two extremist movements are battling each other using innocent civilians as cannon fodder, the escalating violence and the toxic political rhetoric that follows serves to further amplify that uncertainty.
In the wake of Buress’s comments, scores of women began to tell their stories, helping to amplify the tales that were already out there.
The easy answer is that right-wing media outlets have generated outrage, amplified both by Donald Trump Jr. and by Griffin’s earlier stunt.
The agile eight-piece band — replete with French horn — is amplified at a reasonable volume.
A world in which every story is tainted, the product of leaks and hacks, black ops and active measures, propaganda and disinformation—spread by trolls, replicated by internet bots, amplified in echo chambers deep in the dungeons of the web.
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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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