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Definition of the verb amplify

What does amplify mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: amplified

  1. increase in size, volume or significance
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of amplify: magnify
    • more generic word: enlarge = become larger or bigger
  2. to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
  3. exaggerate or make bigger
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of amplify: blow up / expand / inflate
    • more generic word: increase = make bigger or more
    • more specific term: puff up = make larger or distend
  4. increase the volume of
    • example: amplify sound
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: compound / deepen / heighten / intensify = make more intense, stronger, or more marked

Alternative definition of the verb amplify


  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.


Amplify is an American independent film distributor founded in 2014. The company is the result of a merger between distributors GoDigital and Variance Films.


Amplify is a musical group.

  • album: "Stimulated Response"


  1. "Amplify" is a musical album of Dying Passion.
    • released on
  2. "Amplify" is a musical album of John Brown's Body.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  3. "Amplify" is a musical album of Slaptones.
    • released in (12 years ago)


Amplify is the education subsidiary of News Corp launched in July 2012. Amplify Insight was formed out of Wireless Generation, the educational company bought by News Corp in 2010, and focuses on assessment and analytics for data-driven instruction. Amplify Learning develops a digital curriculum based on the Common Core State Standards. Amplify Access focuses on a tablet-based learning platform for students and teachers.

  • also known as Amplify Education

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Amplify

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Google previewCall of Duty: Ghosts Signature Series Strategy Guide (2013)

by BradyGames

Amplify is a simple and useful awareness park that increases the noise made by enemy movement, roughly doubling the distance from which you can hear an enemy. This increases your ability to hear enemy footsteps, sprinting, and mantling.

Google previewKnowledge in the Blood (2009)

Confronting Race and the Apartheid Past by Jonathan D. Jansen

The point to amplify is that this was not simply change within the context of normal organizational life, the cycles of change and restructuring that tend to overwhelm universities everywhere. This was university change in the context of a country ...

Google previewA Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms... (1898)

With an Appendix Embracing a Dictionary of Briticisms, Americanisms, Colloquial Phrases, Etc. ... by Bp. Samuel Fallows

[See Amplify]. Amplify. Syn. Enrich, enlarge, increase, augment, multiply, dilate, develop, swell, expatiate, expand, dis. cuss, unfold, extend, Ant. Retrench, amputate, curtail condense, abbreviate, epitomize, gath, er, collect, sum.

Google previewEncyclopedia of 20th-Century Technology (2005)

by Colin Hempstead, William Worthington

Dubbed the de Forest Audion, it was a device that could detect and electronically amplify radio and telephone signals. In 1909 the American company Bell American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) bought de Forest's patent and improved the ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia perthensis, or, Universal dictionary of the arts, sciences, literature, etc. : intended to supersede the use of other books of reference (1816)

[from To amplify.] One that enlarges any thing ; one that exaggerates ; one that represents any thing with a large display of the best circumstances ; it being usually taken in a good sense. — Dorillaus could need no amplifier's mouth for the ...

Google previewChambers School Dictionary

amplify amplitude noun 1 largeness 2 size amputate verb to cut off (especially a human limb) □ amputation noun amputee noun someone who has had a limb amputated amrit noun 1 a Sikh ceremonial drink 2 the ceremony in which amrit is ...

Google previewFolens Dictionary (1999)

by Fred McDonald

amplify verb amplifies, amplifying, amplified To amplify something means to make it ...

Google previewThe SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia (2016)

by Genie Gertz, Patrick Boudreault

Auditory technology has evolved over time from ear trumpets, which were used to amplify sounds for hardofhearing people by collecting sounds and funneling them into the ear canal. Wearable hearing aids were developed in 1936, and by ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Genomics, Transcriptomics and Proteomics (2015)

by Guenter Kahl

A variant of the conventional → polymerase chain reaction that uses → degenerate primers to amplify a representative portion of a genome (including highly, ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (1904)

A Work of Universal Reference in All Departments of Knowledge, with a New Atlas of the World by William Dwight Whitney

amplificalus, amplify: see amplif: . 1. e act of amplifying or enlarging in imensions; enlargement; extension. Amplification oi the visible figure 0i a known object. Reid, Inq. into the Human Mind. Specifically—2 ...

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Quotes about Amplify

Money and success don't change people; they merely amplify what is already there. (Will Smith)
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Scrabble value of A1M3P3L1I1F4Y4

The value of this 7-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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