\ 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 Produced by his regular collaborator, Miruna Berescu of the FAMart Association, and aiming to shoot in 2023, the film will zoom in on a gay teenager trapped in a village in the Danube Delta. Marta Balaga, Variety, 16 Aug. 2021 The metabolic rate didn’t zoom up in hungry teenagers either, which also makes the findings seem counterintuitive. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, 12 Aug. 2021 The lightweight vacuum can zoom through rooms with a variety of surfaces (including carpets, stairs, upholstery, rugs, hardwood floors, and even pet beds) quickly and effectively in one go. Nina Huang, PEOPLE.com, 29 July 2021 Anderton uses hands to zoom in, turn and twist, and project images everywhere around him to get a better look. Chris Smith, BGR, 9 June 2021 Standing on third base, Marte watched a Yan Gomes line drive zoom up the middle. Matthew Roberson, courant.com, 29 Aug. 2021 What: Take a fun, fast, online class with astronomer Dean Regas and zoom around the universe. Dean Regas, The Enquirer, 11 Aug. 2021 Erivo and a vocal coach would begin by trying to zoom in on the finer details of Franklin’s technical virtuosity and her subtle emotional inflections. New York Times, 10 Aug. 2021 The initial survey could start from a large field of view, but then zoom in on the object of interest as it is tracked across the sky. Avi Loeb, Scientific American, 2 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Two groups of chimpanzees plunged into loneliness and boredom amid the coronavirus pandemic have found a new way to stay entertained thanks to an idea from concerned staff: daily zoom calls. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2021 To help mitigate the small size of screens, Saylor will often use accessibility features such as zoom or magnification on devices like the Switch. Grant Stoner, Wired, 17 Aug. 2021 Most digital cameras have both optical and digital zoom options. Ken Colburn, The Arizona Republic, 3 Aug. 2021 Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net to receive the zoom link. Oline H. Cogdill, sun-sentinel.com, 20 July 2021 This program combines photographs of many of the colorful bird species and scenery from two different trips to Costa Rica, the first in 2009 and the second in 2014 and has been designed specifically for a zoom meeting. courant.com, 9 Apr. 2021 Its publishers, Joe and Louise Sukle, decided there was no future for the paper, even after getting a $146,000 emergency small-business loan from the government and donations from the community while seeing its site traffic zoom up. Tali Arbel, chicagotribune.com, 19 July 2021 The zoom, however, is a very clear improvement, and easily worth the extra $100. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, 12 Nov. 2020 The S21 Ultra’s zoom enables users to take incredibly sharp and clear photos of the atheletes on the field. Anshel Sag, Forbes, 7 July 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

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“Zoom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoom. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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