\ ˈzüm How to pronounce zoom (audio) \
zoomed; zooming; zooms

Definition of zoom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to move with a loud low hum or buzz
b : to go speedily : zip cars zooming by on the highway
2 of an airplane : to climb for a short time at an angle greater than that which can be maintained in steady flight so that the machine is carried upward at the expense of stored kinetic energy
3a : to focus a camera or microscope on an object using a zoom lens so that the object's apparent distance from the observer changes often used with in or out
b : focus, zero used with intrying to zoom in on the cause of these problems
4 : to increase sharply retail sales zoomed

transitive verb

: to cause to zoom



Definition of zoom (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an act or process of zooming especially : a sharp upward movement
b : an image created by zooming
2 : a zooming sound
3 : a means of producing an enlarged image (as in a camera) specifically : zoom lens

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Synonyms for zoom

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of zoom in a Sentence

Verb They got in the car and zoomed away. The group of bicycle racers zoomed past. After her first successful cases she zoomed to the top of her profession. Housing sales have zoomed in recent months. Noun The camera was equipped with a zoom. The truck went by with a zoom.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To get more clues as to the structure’s origins, researchers used this impressive power to zoom in on regions of the canyon like Tithonium Chasma, pictured above. Jessica Boddy, Popular Science, "Peer inside the solar system’s largest canyon," 5 Jan. 2021 Maybe the best way to close the book on a taxing, turbulent and twist-filled 2020 is simply to zoom in. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Bears are 1 win from the playoffs after, of all things, a 3rd-quarter scoring explosion. ‘This is what we’re capable of,’ Mitch Trubisky says.," 27 Dec. 2020 The digital book font is small, so Ms. Rogers tries to zoom in. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Good morning, sweet girl’: A day in the life of an online teacher," 21 Dec. 2020 As the tide ebbs and flows, remember to zoom out and take in the bigger picture. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for December 21, 2020," 21 Dec. 2020 Two dribbles were all Lonzo Ball needed to zoom from behind halfcourt to the rim. Christian Clark, NOLA.com, "'If he plays at that level, that will be huge for us': Pelicans' Lonzo Ball a crucial swing player," 16 Dec. 2020 From atop his pedestal, the former Vladimir Ilych Ulyanov icily surveils the numerous cars and innumerable scooters that zoom by. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "NSC Chief Tours Asia, Hammers China," 9 Dec. 2020 As Christensen describes in the book, her revelation was one of the factors that led her to a project that will reach beyond her lifetime and literally zoom out of this world. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Oberlin artist Julia Christensen plans space art project for mission to planet 4.2 lightyears from Earth," 6 Dec. 2020 From a macro lens for pictures of objects up close with tremendous detail, to a super wide lens to capture an entire mountain range, to a super telephoto to zoom in ridiculous distances; all is possible with a DSLR. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "The best DSLR cameras for beginners, according to professional photographers," 20 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For Lopez's online after-party, 1,000 fans will join her mega zoom sessions, which will be live from her bathroom. Darlene Aderoju, PEOPLE.com, "Jennifer Lopez Plans to Bring 'Good Energy' to New Year's Rockin' Eve Performance — and Into 2021," 31 Dec. 2020 The pandemic has turned Fort Lauderdale into a virtual scooter ghost town, prompting some to wonder if and when the wildly popular zip and zoom machines will ever return. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "Scooters still not welcome in Fort Lauderdale. Maybe next year, mayor says," 25 Dec. 2020 Think of the switching cost of moving from one company to another company [in a fully remote environment]—it's just like shifting from one zoom screen to another. Fortune, "The pandemic cramped Rent the Runway’s style—but here’s how the company is fashioning a comeback in 2021," 24 Dec. 2020 Massive banks of computers across the country are storing and processing data from text messages, zoom and emails being sent while working from home. CBS News, "Working from home may be hurting the environment, and it's a "bigger deal" than previously thought," 23 Dec. 2020 University officials said the majority of all courses offered in the fall will be a blend of in-person and ASU Sync, meaning students will alternate between attending class in-person and through a live lecture via zoom. Grace Oldham, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona's major universities will open for the fall semester. Here's how and when they plan to do it," 31 July 2020 With 170 identified hybrid classrooms inside OPRF, administrators decided to pursue a solution that includes a high-resolution camera with a digital pan/tilt/zoom function that can be controlled by the teacher with a remote. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "With hybrid learning looming, OPRF seeks to purchase $140k classroom technology upgrade," 13 Dec. 2020 And its optical zoom that can go a wee bit further to bring your scene closer. Washington Post, "It’s okay if you weren’t paying attention to gadgets in 2020. Here are the best ones you missed.," 30 Nov. 2020 New features designed to make these small screens more accessible include easy to use zoom features for quicker font and graphic recognition. Eric Alt, Popular Science, "Best smartwatch: Five things to consider," 27 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of zoom


1886, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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16 Jan 2021

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“Zoom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoom. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce zoom (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of zoom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move quickly
: to move quickly upward
informal : to increase suddenly



English Language Learners Definition of zoom (Entry 2 of 2)

informal : the loud sound of a vehicle that is moving very fast


\ ˈzüm How to pronounce zoom (audio) \
zoomed; zooming

Kids Definition of zoom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to move quickly often with a loud low hum or buzz He … spun the truck around and zoomed off …— Oliver Butterworth, The Enormous Egg
2 : to move upward quickly The airplane zoomed into the sky. His new song zoomed to the top of the sales charts.



Kids Definition of zoom (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or process of moving quickly along or upwards
2 : a loud low humming or buzzing sound The truck went by with a zoom.

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