verb (used without object)
to move quickly or suddenly with a loud humming or buzzing sound: cars zooming by on the freeway.
to fly an airplane suddenly and sharply upward at great speed for a short distance, as in regaining altitude, clearing an obstacle, or signaling.
Movies, Television. to bring a subject, scene, etc., into closeup or cause it to recede into a long shot using a zoom lens and while maintaining focus.
Informal. to increase or rise suddenly and sharply: Rents would zoom without rent control laws.
verb (used with object)
to cause (an airplane) to zoom.
to fly over (an obstacle) by zooming.
zoom in (on),
- to bring (a subject, scene, etc.) into closeup by using a zoom lens: to zoom in for a look at the injured man; to zoom in on a candidate at a political convention.
- to examine more closely or in greater detail; focus on: The panel zoomed in on the subject of abortion.
Origin of zoom
First recorded in 1885–90; imitative
Synonyms for zoom
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to make or cause to make a continuous buzzing or humming sound
to move or cause to move with such a sound
(intr) to move very rapidly; rushwe zoomed through town
to cause (an aircraft) to climb briefly at an unusually steep angle, or (of an aircraft) to climb in this way
(intr) (of prices) to rise rapidly
Word Origin for zoom
C20: of imitative origin
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1886, of echoic origin. Gained popularity c.1917 as aviators began to use it; zoom lens is 1936.
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