- to make larger, greater, or stronger; enlarge; extend.
- to expand in stating or describing, as by details or illustrations; clarify by expanding.
- Electricity. to increase the amplitude of; cause amplification in.
- Archaic. to exaggerate.
- to discourse at length; expatiate or expand one's remarks, speech, etc. (usually followed by on): The preacher amplified on the theme of brotherly love.
Origin of amplify
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Examples from the Web for amplify
Actress, activist and African American: Danai Gurira believes in the power of using her voice to amplify African storytellers.Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira Vs. Boko Haram
Kristi York Wooten
November 30, 2014
These tools of expression are meant to create and amplify energy.DJ Steve Aoki: To Cake or Not To Cake
August 8, 2014
She was determined—for her voice to be heard, and for it to amplify the voices of women throughout Libya.Libyan Activist Pays Tribute To Slain Spiritual Sister
June 27, 2014
Computerized trading programs react to trends in the market and then amplify those trends.Let’s All Please Stop Overreacting to Bernanke’s Remarks
June 20, 2013
Society doesn't create these disorders, but it can amplify them, and by extension, it can diminish them.I Was Adam Lanza, Part 2
December 22, 2012
This defence is enough, but it is easy to amplify and reintrench it.Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
He took the word from Bob and made no attempt to alter or to amplify it.Tristram of Blent
This will do for a start, sir; we will amplify on the march!On the Heels of De Wet
The Intelligence Officer
Rabbi Jeiteles interrupted his class to amplify upon the passage just read.Rabbi and Priest
Let us transform and amplify that power and we encompass—destruction.
- (tr) to increase in size, extent, effect, etc, as by the addition of extra material; augment; enlarge; expand
- electronics to produce amplification of (electrical signals); increase the amplitude of (signals)
- (tr) US to exaggerate
- (intr) to expand or enlarge a speech, narrative, etc
Word Origin and History for amplify
early 15c., "to enlarge or expand," from Middle French amplifier, from Latin amplificare "to enlarge," from amplificus "splendid," from amplus "large" (see ample) + the root of facere "make, do" (see factitious). Meaning "augment in volume or amount" is from 1570s. Restriction of use to sound seems to have emerged in the electronic age, c.1915, in reference to radio technology.