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
It's also a great example of what we call amplify sport.
The psychological effects of pain amplify the trauma, contributing to depression, anxiety, sleeplessness and suicide.
Their calls amplify what had been voices on the fringes calling for a fundamental redesign of the nation's financial system.
ZAHN: Jack, I think you raise an interesting point that Bob could probably amplify, which is all the speculation about how long this commitment will be.
But Rauf also said that the media attention the project has attracted was necessary to "amplify" the voice of moderate Muslims.
Candidates routinely tap famous surrogates -- including generals, celebrities, experts and kamikaze politicians -- to attack their opponents, defend their honor and "amplify" their messages to the media.
He also said that the fact that GE feels the need to join the program could "amplify" that the credit market remains under stress.
But some of this tropical moisture is going to get wrapped up here and kind of amplify the situation.
Let me just say, to kind of amplify this, there are some specific things that I hope we will do to show that we're acting in good faith.
So, just to kind of amplify the zero-sum proposition that Madeleine has indicated, it is very much in the interests of the United States, in the interests of the world, for the greatness of the Russian people and for Russian strength to be recognized, to be enhanced, and to be part of the overall European undivided peaceful security structure that we're trying to build.