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zoom

verb \ ˈzüm \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of zoom

intransitive verb
1 a :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
3 a :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

Examples of zoom in a Sentence

  1. They got in the car and zoomed away.

  2. The group of bicycle racers zoomed past.

  3. After her first successful cases she zoomed to the top of her profession.

  4. Housing sales have zoomed in recent months.

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Origin and Etymology of zoom

imitative

zoom Synonyms


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zoom

noun

Definition of zoom

1 a :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

Examples of zoom in a Sentence

  1. The camera was equipped with a zoom.

  2. The truck went by with a zoom.

Recent Examples of zoom from the Web

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First Known Use of zoom

1917

zoom Synonyms



ZOOM Defined for English Language Learners

zoom

verb

Definition of zoom for English Language Learners

  • : to move quickly

  • : to move quickly upward

  • : to increase suddenly


zoom

noun

Definition of zoom for English Language Learners

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


ZOOM Defined for Kids

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zoom

verb \ ˈzüm \

Definition of zoom for Students

zoomed; zooming
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.

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zoom

noun

Definition of zoom for Students

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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