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1 to express more fully and in greater detail
  • after filing a report of missing luggage, he was asked to amplify a bit as to the circumstances

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2 to make greater in size, amount, or number
  • the number of blood volunteers was significantly amplified by the promise of thank-you gifts to donors

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3 to make markedly greater in measure or degree
  • a fox's large ears serve to amplify such sounds as little critters skittering among stones

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How does the verb amplify differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of amplify are dilate, distend, expand, inflate, and swell. While all these words mean "to increase in size or volume," amplify implies the extension or enlargement of something inadequate.

amplify the statement with details

When is it sensible to use dilate instead of amplify?

Although the words dilate and amplify have much in common, dilate applies especially to expansion of circumference.

dilated pupils

In what contexts can distend take the place of amplify?

The meanings of distend and amplify largely overlap; however, distend implies outward extension caused by pressure from within.

a distended abdomen

When would expand be a good substitute for amplify?

While the synonyms expand and amplify are close in meaning, expand may apply regardless of the manner of increase (such as growth, unfolding, addition of parts).

a business that expands every year

When could inflate be used to replace amplify?

The synonyms inflate and amplify are sometimes interchangeable, but inflate implies expanding by introduction of air or something insubstantial and suggests a vulnerability to sudden collapse.

an inflated ego

When might swell be a better fit than amplify?

The words swell and amplify can be used in similar contexts, but swell implies gradual expansion beyond a thing's original or normal limits.

the bureaucracy swelled to unmanageable proportions

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The first known use of amplify was in the 14th century

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28 May 2020

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“Amplify.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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