AskDefine | Define amplify

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1 increase in size, volume or significance; "Her terror was magnified in her mind" [syn: magnify]
2 to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth; "tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery" [syn: overstate, exaggerate, overdraw, hyperbolize, hyerbolise, magnify] [ant: understate]
3 exaggerate or make bigger; "The charges were inflated" [syn: inflate, blow up, expand]
4 increase the volume of; "amplify sound" [also: amplified]

User Contributed Dictionary



French amplifier, Latin amplificare. See Ample.


IPA: WEAE /ˈæmp.lɪ.faɪ/


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


to render larger etc.
to enlarge rhetorically
to increase amplitude

Extensive Definition

Amplification may refer to:
Amplified may refer to:
amplify in German: Amplifikation
amplify in French: Amplification
amplify in Dutch: Amplificatie
amplify in Polish: Amplifikacja

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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