amplify

verb
am·​pli·​fy | \ ˈam-plə-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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Recent Examples on the Web White supremacists see campuses as a strategic location for flyering: a place to recruit potential members while attracting press coverage to amplify their propaganda. ProPublica, "They Are Racist; Some of Them Have Guns. Inside the White Supremacist Group Hiding in Plain Sight.," 13 Nov. 2019 Braun said this will help amplify the importance of addressing climate change by now having the conversation in both chambers. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Sen. Braun says climate change conversation is 'polarized,' forms bipartisan climate caucus," 24 Oct. 2019 The overall effect of this, García-Ruiz says, is to amplify the ripening process. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "These human-size crystals formed in especially strange ways," 22 Oct. 2019 Soft soils such as sand tend to amplify the shaking compared with hard soils such as bedrock. Scientific American, "Sweet Earthquake Structure Shake," 10 Oct. 2019 The assumption was that almost all voices, even odious ones, deserved the chance to be amplified. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "The Dark Side of Techno-Utopianism," 23 Sep. 2019 And last night, the duo stepped out for date night in Miami dressed in ensembles that only served to amplify those coordinated style sensibilities. Vogue, "Justin and Hailey Bieber’s Date Night Look Is Their Boldest Yet," 27 Nov. 2019 The program, which started in the U.K. five years ago as a platform to amplify and accelerate the work of entrepreneurs, has branched out worldwide and the latest meeting is scheduled for November 27. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Andrew Continues to Work on a Key Project Despite Withdrawing from Royal Duties," 21 Nov. 2019 He is expected to amplify these concerns about the 2020 race on Thursday at an event with party donors in San Francisco, an aide said, giving him a fresh chance to reflect on Wednesday night’s Democratic debate in Atlanta. Glenn Thrush, New York Times, "Obama Moves Off Political Sidelines, Earlier Than He Expected," 20 Nov. 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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The first known use of amplify was in the 14th century

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4 Dec 2019

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“Amplify.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amplifying. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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amplify

verb
How to pronounce amplify (audio)

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
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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