verb (1)
\ ˈzüm How to pronounce zoom (audio) \
zoomed; zooming; zooms

Definition of zoom

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 in trying 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 3)

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


verb (2)
\ ˈzüm How to pronounce Zoom (audio) \
Zoomed; Zooming; Zooms

Definition of Zoom (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to use the Zoom service to hold or participate in online meetings with enabled video support … last week I Zoomed with friends in Ireland that I hadn't talked to in years …— Megan Schuster and Michael Surrey In the other room, while I was slacking off, my wife would be Zooming with her coworkers …— Andrew Hamm There's little doubt students who spend their summer Zooming with state legislators, journalists and commissioners are going to be future leaders.— Joyce M. Davis

Synonyms for zoom

Synonyms: Verb (1)

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of zoom in a Sentence

Verb (1) 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 Users have the option to zoom in and out using a button or voice commands. Benoit Morenne, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2022 This reportedly gives the Colossus the ability to zoom from zero to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 170 mph. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 5 Jan. 2022 Samsung also swapped the 64-megapixel telephoto zoom camera for an 8-megapixel one. Gear Team, Wired, 4 Jan. 2022 Smart Camera is Portal’s unique camera system that uses both advanced hardware and AI to smoothly pan and zoom you into the center of the screen, similar to Center Stage on Apple devices. Hunter Fenollol, Popular Mechanics, 22 Sep. 2021 Here, mat-racing guests can also zoom down tubes -- head to head and side by side -- into a rapid splashdown, or try out a surf simulator. Dimitris Sideridis, CNN, 22 Dec. 2021 The airborne videographers zoom in tight at each intersection, as viewers hold their breath at the chance of a violent crash with some innocent commuter. Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2021 The cinematographer Ari Wegner’s camera will occasionally zoom out for massive aerial shots that underline the insignificance of the people milling among the mountains, trying to make something of themselves. David Sims, The Atlantic, 3 Dec. 2021 But not by pinching to zoom in on your Apple device. Anthony Karcz, Forbes, 14 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Friday, a zoom retirement reception was held for Clay and the accolades from people who mean so much to him were glowing! Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, 10 Jan. 2022 The officer can be seen walking back to his patrol car as 18-wheelers zoom by in frigid conditions. Paul Best, Fox News, 7 Jan. 2022 The phone's three rear cameras are a 12MP 123-degree ultra-wide, a 12MP main, and a 8MP 3X zoom, while its front camera is 32MP. Sascha Segan, PCMAG, 4 Jan. 2022 The Elizabeth Holmes trial featured fascinating revelations about Theranos, while the judge in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial didn't let the prosecutor use an iPad's pinch-to-zoom feature. Jon Brodkin And Tim De Chant, Ars Technica, 28 Dec. 2021 Get closer by walking up to your subject with your smartphone or using the camera’s optical zoom to magnify the image. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 25 Dec. 2021 The court supplied a zoom feed as the trial got underway in August 2021. CBS News, 18 Dec. 2021 Given the series’ idiosyncratic shooting style — with characters partially blocking others, or quick-zoom shots employed in lieu of close-ups — this beautifully rendered composition is a startling contrast. Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2021 Using a $23,497 2020 grant last year, artists enriched the education experience via zoom and in-person instruction to students in grades 3, 6, 9 and 12. John Benson, cleveland, 15 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of zoom

Verb (1)

1886, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (2)

2014, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zoom

Verb (1)


Verb (2)

verbal derivative of Zoom trademarked name of a software program for teleconferencing

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“Zoom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoom. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of zoom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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

: 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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