\ 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 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 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 This includes the ability to zoom in on key details and read background on the histories and historical objects that shaped the work. Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2021 For now, Mojo says that its first priority is to help people struggling with poor vision (by providing better contrast or the ability to zoom in on objects). Bernard Marr, Forbes, 4 June 2021 That meant coaches could call, write or zoom with prospects but could not attend games, meet with them or hold summer camps. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 1 June 2021 Dubbed Magnifier, this app is an accessibility feature that allows users to zoom in on text or an object to a serious degree. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 31 May 2021 Dinh advises professional photographers to shoot with a wide lens (24-50 millimeters) to capture the sun setting with the surrounding buildings and scenery, or a telephoto lens (70-300 millimeters) to zoom past the crowds and capture the sun alone. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 29 May 2021 The new camera will automatically pan and zoom to ensure users stay centered in the frame during video calls, Amazon says. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 12 May 2021 Younger explorers can check out Camp Jurassic, where kids can explore dark caves and amber mines, climb dinosaur-capture nets or zoom through the skies on Pteranodon Flyers. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, 14 May 2021 The first layer describes larger areas with lower frequency and greater scope, then further layers zoom in and focus on the details. Y-jean Mun-delsalle, Forbes, 9 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As for the maneuvers the craft appears to make, West said that the information on the screen, such as the zoom level, indicates that it’s not the mystery aircraft making sweeping motions, but the camera. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2021 There’s no question that the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s zoom is inferior to the S21 Ultra’s. Chris Smith, BGR, 24 May 2021 And there’s more lively action in three hours during a company zoom call than a ballgame. USA Today, 16 May 2021 That shift in perspective, that dizzying zoom out, is one of the hallmarks of great songwriting. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 24 May 2021 Many of the latest drones used by law enforcement can be fitted with an array of attachments, such as infrared thermal cameras, spotlights and powerful zoom lenses. David Chanen, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 This indicates Google is looking to improve the optical zoom capabilities of the handset. Chris Smith, BGR, 21 May 2021 But that model doesn’t come with the fancy XDR screen or the auto-pan-and-zoom camera software. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, 19 May 2021 Thanks to an upgraded 8-megapixel camera, the Echo Show 8 includes a nifty auto-framing feature that uses digital zoom to always keep you in the center of the frame. Maren Estrada, BGR, 12 May 2021

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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

History and Etymology for zoom



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9 Jun 2021

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“Zoom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoom. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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