Thesaurus

amplify

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of amplify

  1. 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 Synonyms of amplify expand, develop, dilate (on or upon), elaborate (on), enlarge (on or upon), flesh (out)Words Related to amplify add (to), complement, supplement; discourse, expatiate, ramble, run onNear Antonyms of amplify compress, contract; outline, summarize, sum upAntonyms of amplify abbreviate, abridge, condense, shorten

  2. 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 Synonyms of amplify accelerate, add (to), aggrandize, increase, augment, boost, build up, compound, enlarge, escalate, expand, extend, hype, multiply, pump up, raise, swell, stoke, supersize, upWords Related to amplify boom, jump, skyrocket, spike; bump (up), ratchet (up) also rachet (up); blow up, dilate, distend, inflate; draw out, elongate, flesh (out), lengthen, prolong, protract, stretch; develop, enhance, heighten, intensify, magnify; complement, supplement; beef (up), reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen; maximize; accumulate, amass, collect; follow up, parlayNear Antonyms of amplify abbreviate, abridge, curtail, shorten; compress, condense, constrict, contract; cut back, retrenchAntonyms of amplify abate, decrease, de-escalate, diminish, downsize, dwindle, lessen, lower, minify, reduce, subtract (from)

  3. 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 Synonyms of amplify accentuate, amp (up), intensify, beef (up), boost, consolidate, deepen, enhance, heighten, magnify, redouble, step up, strengthenWords Related to amplify broaden, enlarge, expand, extend, lengthen; accelerate, hasten, quicken; emphasize, point (up), sharpen, stress; augment, enforce, reinforce (also reenforce), restrengthen, supplement; maximize; enliven, jazz (up); aggravate, exacerbateNear Antonyms of amplify decrease, diminish, lessen, let up (on), reduce, subdue, tone (down), weaken; dwindle, recede, subside, taper (off), wane; alleviate, ease, lightenAntonyms of amplify abate, moderate

Synonym Discussion of amplify

expand, amplify, swell, distend, inflate, dilate mean to increase in size or volume. expand may apply regardless of the manner of increase (such as growth, unfolding, addition of parts).
    • a business that expands every year
amplify implies the extension or enlargement of something inadequate.
    • amplify the statement with details
swell implies gradual expansion beyond a thing's original or normal limits.
    • the bureaucracy swelled to unmanageable proportions
distend implies outward extension caused by pressure from within.
    • a distended abdomen
inflate implies expanding by introduction of air or something insubstantial and suggests a vulnerability to sudden collapse.
    • an inflated ego
dilate applies especially to expansion of circumference.
    • dilated pupils


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up amplify? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!