\ 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: 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 Two cameras that have the capability of zooming in and out or panning from left to right. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Rosewood Funeral Home turns to technology during coronavirus," 12 May 2020 The grandstands are empty, save for a couple of mascots and a few staffers, while a couple of cars zoom by on the freeway outside. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "Finger: Late-night opening day (in Korea) comes with asterisks," 5 May 2020 The Blacklist had to go and rip my heart apart right there at the end by zooming out to show us the bigger picture outside the bottle. Jodi Walker, EW.com, "The Blacklist recap: Brotherly love," 2 May 2020 The science behind the rules changes flies over my head like the four jets from Luke Air Force Base that zoomed by near the end of the national anthem on Sunday. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Hey, NASCAR drivers were actually able to pass each other at FanShield 500," 8 Mar. 2020 As their testing becomes more reliable and precise, Dr. Medema and other researchers hope to zoom in on future outbreaks. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "Is It Safe to Come Out of Lockdown? Check the Sewer," 1 May 2020 In order to zoom in and look at a tumor one cell at a time, Bernstein and his colleagues use a technique called single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA seq). Philip Ball, Scientific American, "Close-Up Views of Tumors Reveal a New Cancer Biology," 21 Apr. 2020 My greatest pleasure is to fetch up to a race on a weekend, to get myself up some great hills, and to zoom down their sides with unfettered joy. Rose George, The New York Review of Books, "Running Alone Together," 10 Apr. 2020 But the company says the new phones will focus on high-resolution photos and the ability to zoom in 30 to 100 times, depending on the model. Rachel Lerman And Kelvin Chan, SFChronicle.com, "Samsung unveils 2nd folding phone," 11 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Mojo Lens prototype can supposedly provide real-time contrast and lighting enhancements as well as zoom, like on a smartphone camera, that will help people struggling with low vision, a gradual loss of sight that cannot be reversed. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "These Smart Contact Lenses Deliver AR Tech Straight to Your Eyeballs," 17 Jan. 2020 OnePlus is using the 48MP ultrawide sensor to output a 12MP image, so there's some wiggle room for the zoom. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "OnePlus 8 Pro review—The best flagship of 2020, even if it is more expensive," 14 Apr. 2020 Finally, the 11 Pro supports up to 2x optical zoom. Will Egensteiner, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Camera Phones, Whether You’re an Apple Fan or Android Adherent," 31 Mar. 2020 Smash cuts, rhythmic zooms as well as a wellspring of technical flourishes (including a shimmeringly eerie title sequence), pulse and punctuate with steady, coursing energy. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Cape Fear': THR's 1991 Review," 15 Nov. 2019 There was also a random zoom in on white, twinkly Christmas lights during the clue package. Ariana Brockington, refinery29.com, "Did We Just Figure Out Who The Elusive Kitty Is On The Masked Singer?," 5 Mar. 2020 The Optika5 series features a 5x zoom, zero-reset turrets, and advanced MeoBright lens coatings that deliver the image quality the company is known for. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "Best New Riflescopes for Hunting and Shooting from the 2020 SHOT Show," 22 Jan. 2020 There’s a lot of ways to tell those stories through pans and zooms. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "What C-SPAN Can’t Show Us at the Impeachment Trial," 21 Jan. 2020 New form factors and features like the Ultra’s 10x telephoto zoom, which brings you considerably closer to the action than Apple’s top of the line iPhone 11 Pro Max. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Samsung's $1,400 smartphones: What's up with the new sky-high pricing?," 15 Feb. 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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27 May 2020

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“Zoom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoom. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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