from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make larger or more powerful; increase.
- transitive v. To add to, as by illustrations; make complete.
- transitive v. To exaggerate.
- transitive v. To produce amplification of: amplify an electrical signal.
- intransitive v. To write or discourse at length; expatiate: Let me amplify so that you will understand the overall problem.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To render larger, more extended, or more intense, and the like;—used especially of loudspeakers, telescopes, microscopes, etc.
- v. To enlarge by addition or discussion; to treat copiously by adding particulars, illustrations, etc.; to expand; to make much of.
- v. To increase the amplitude of something, especially of an electric current.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To render larger, more extended, or more intense, and the like; -- used especially of telescopes, microscopes, etc.
- transitive v. To enlarge by addition or discussion; to treat copiously by adding particulars, illustrations, etc.; to expand; to make much of.
- intransitive v. To become larger.
- intransitive v. To speak largely or copiously; to be diffuse in argument or description; to dilate; to expatiate; -- often with on or upon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make large or larger in volume, extent, capacity, amount, importance, etc.; enlarge or make more ample.
- To expand in stating or describing; treat copiously, so as to present in every point of view and in the strongest lights.
- Synonyms To expand, develop, extend, dilate, magnify.
- . To grow or become ample or more ample.
- To discourse more at length; speak largely or copiously; be diffuse in argument or description; expatiate; dilate: commonly with on or upon before an object: as, to amplify on the several topics of discourse.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. increase in size, volume or significance
- v. to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
- v. exaggerate or make bigger
- v. increase the volume of
Middle English amplifien, from Old French amplifier, from Latin amplificāre : amplus, large + -ficāre, -fy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English amplifyen, from Old French amplifier, from Latin amplificare ("to enlarge"), from amplus ("large") + facere ("to make"). See ample. (Wiktionary)