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[ am-pluh-fahy ]

verb (used with object)

, am·pli·fied, am·pli·fy·ing.
  1. to make larger, greater, or stronger; enlarge; extend.

    Synonyms: heighten, intensify, increase

    Antonyms: reduce, contract

  2. to expand in stating or describing, as by details or illustrations; clarify by expanding.

    Synonyms: develop, broaden, widen

    Antonyms: abridge, condense

  3. Electricity. to increase the amplitude of; cause amplification in.
  4. Archaic. to exaggerate.

verb (used without object)

, am·pli·fied, am·pli·fy·ing.
  1. 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.


/ ˈæmplɪˌfaɪ /


  1. tr to increase in size, extent, effect, etc, as by the addition of extra material; augment; enlarge; expand
  2. electronics to produce amplification of (electrical signals); increase the amplitude of (signals)
  3. tr to exaggerate
  4. intr to expand or enlarge a speech, narrative, etc

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Derived Forms

  • ˈampliˌfiable, adjective

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Other Words From

  • ampli·fia·ble adjective
  • over·ampli·fy verb overamplified overamplifying
  • un·ampli·fia·ble adjective
  • un·ampli·fied adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of amplify1

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English amplifyen, from Middle French amplifier, from Latin amplificāre “to increase, augment”; equivalent to ample + -ify

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Word History and Origins

Origin of amplify1

C15: from Old French amplifier, ultimately from Latin amplificāre to enlarge, from amplus spacious + facere to make

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Example Sentences

“Core to what we do at Live Nation is helping amplify voices onstage around the world, and supporting voting is another important way we want to continue making voices heard,” said Michael Rapino, the company’s president and CEO, in a statement.

In removing accounts Tuesday, Twitter pointed to policies specifying, “You can’t artificially amplify or disrupt conversations through the use of multiple accounts.”

It will accelerate rapid, perhaps chaotic, urbanization of cities ill-equipped for the burden, testing their capacity to provide basic services and amplifying existing inequities.

Instead, they use it to amplify other projects that help them make money.

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Our priority at our events is to amplify the voices that have been silenced by the majority.

Actress, activist and African American: Danai Gurira believes in the power of using her voice to amplify African storytellers.

These tools of expression are meant to create and amplify energy.

She was determined—for her voice to be heard, and for it to amplify the voices of women throughout Libya.

Computerized trading programs react to trends in the market and then amplify those trends.

Society doesn't create these disorders, but it can amplify them, and by extension, it can diminish them.

He took the word from Bob and made no attempt to alter or to amplify it.

But we must first amplify the definition of perspectives and biographies.

Attempts are frequently made to amplify this description, but the results are always very vague.

Encouraged by his attention, the girl proceeded to amplify her story.

It is impossible now to amplify the thought, but I wish in connection with it to name three particulars.