Verb amplify Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


amplify (third-person singular simple present amplifies, present participle amplifying, simple past and past participle amplified)

  1. (transitive) To render larger, more extended, or more intense, and the like;—used especially of loudspeakers, telescopes, microscopes, etc.
  2. (transitive, rhetorical) To enlarge by addition or discussion; to treat copiously by adding particulars, illustrations, etc.; to expand; to make much of.
  3. (transitive) To increase the amplitude of something, especially of an electric current.

More definition: make larger, greater, or stronger; enlarge; extend. expand in stating or describing, as by details or illustrations; clarify by expanding.

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

4.Archaic. to exaggerate. discourse at length; expatiate or expand one's remarks, speech, etc. (usually followed by on), The preacher amplified on the theme of brotherly love.

1. (transitive) 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. (transitive) (US) to exaggerate

4. (intransitive) to expand or enlarge a speech, narrative, etc Derived Formsamplifiable, adjective Word OriginC15, from Old French amplifier, ultimately from Latin amplificāre to enlarge, from amplus spacious + facere to makeCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.


You can turn someone else's energy into yours and amplify it.

8), and the latest narratives amplify the statement with a wealth of detail characteristic of the post-exilic interest in this order.

But they have also most obvious defects: they are unquestionably the books of an old man who had thought much as well as spoken and written often on the themes he discusses, yet who had finally put his material together in haste at a time when his mind had lost, if not its dialectic vigour, yet its freshness and its sense of proportion; and who had been so accustomed to amplify the single stages of his argument that he had forgotten how much they needed to be reduced to scale and to be built into an organic whole.

When the sequence of differences is not such as to enable any of the foregoing methods to be applied, it is sometimes possible to amplify the data by measurement of intermediate ordinates, and then apply a suitable method to the amplified series.

The tendency to amplify and complete the story shows itself still more in the Cyclic poets.

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