\ 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 The visual takes place in a blue-black thunderstorm, and monster trucks zoom and jump through the tempest while giant, underwear and heels-clad Jenner and Kardashian (think Watchmen's Dr. Manhattan without the blue skin) walk around. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "Kim Kardashian Gives Birth (?!) To Kylie Jenner In Kanye West’s Leaked Music Video Because “There’d Be No Kylie Without Kim”," 3 Sep. 2020 The map does not identify addresses, but allows the user to zoom in to see street names and other features like lakes. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "California Wildfires: Live updates from August 27-28," 30 Aug. 2020 Spacecraft made of carbon-foam bubbles could zoom from Earth to Alpha Centauri in 185 years, driven solely by the power of the sun, a new study finds. Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American, "Could Carbon-Foam Probes Sail to Nearby Stars?," 27 Aug. 2020 That map allows viewers to zoom in to near street level. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Laura's 13-foot surge threat forces widespread evacuations on southwest Louisiana coast," 25 Aug. 2020 Micro-CT provides up to 100 times higher resolution than a typical medical CT scan, meaning the researchers could zoom in to uncover much finer details without damaging the delicate specimens. Charlotte Hartley, Science | AAAS, "Watch: 3D imaging reveals the ancient lives of Egyptian animal mummies," 20 Aug. 2020 Magnifying 300%, this handheld glass will help zoom in on the tiniest details in your puzzle. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "20 gorgeous puzzles that will keep you occupied for hours," 18 Aug. 2020 When viewing the interactive quilt, users can either appreciate the enormous mosaic in its entirety or zoom in on specific panels, which often include individuals’ names and messages of love. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "You Can Now Explore All 48,000 Panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt Online," 21 July 2020 But zoom in to the neighborhood level and the picture is more complicated. Alison Knezevich, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore groups race to reach ‘hard to count’ communities after census deadline change," 14 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun New cargo bed zoom view and bed hitch guidance are available, which align and hook up a gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailer. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GMC's 2021 Sierra pickup to have new technology, price adjustment," 15 Sep. 2020 Registration is required at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvfuGprjooHd3ijOXCkucavCdNLk5Q58G9 and the zoom link will be sent to you following registration. Daily Southtown Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Community news: Shepard remembers victims, first responders of 9/11," 11 Sep. 2020 Connect via zoom at https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/98434523425. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local Altrusa group donates school supplies," 8 Sep. 2020 Anybody can put on a brave face for a half-hour zoom meeting. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Ars readers on the present and future of work," 25 Aug. 2020 Meetings have been held via zoom teleconference since last June. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend County COVID-19 hospitalizations, active case counts decrease," 28 Aug. 2020 To join the zoom meeting, register at rsvpBNCSD@gmail.com. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kiwanis Club supports Meals on Wheels for 36 years ...community news page," 24 Aug. 2020 All the zoom date stuff, most of those take place in my bed. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Listen to the emotional original ballad from Love in the Time of Corona," 20 Aug. 2020 The zoom is also handy for using as always-available binoculars. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Samsung Note20 Ultra review: Why this big phone works for the COVID era," 18 Aug. 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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12 Sep 2020

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“Zoom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoom. Accessed 30 Sep. 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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