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[am-pluh-fahy] /ˈæm pləˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), amplified, amplifying.
to make larger, greater, or stronger; enlarge; extend.
to expand in stating or describing, as by details or illustrations; clarify by expanding.
Electricity. to increase the amplitude of; cause amplification in.
Archaic. to exaggerate.
verb (used without object), amplified, amplifying.
to discourse at length; expatiate or expand one's remarks, speech, etc. (usually followed by on):
The preacher amplified on the theme of brotherly love.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English amplifyen < Middle French amplifier < Latin amplificāre to increase, augment. See ample, -ify
Related forms
amplifiable, adjective
overamplify, verb, overamplified, overamplifying.
unamplifiable, adjective
unamplified, adjective
1. increase, intensify, heighten. 2. widen, broaden, develop.
1. contract, reduce. 2. condense, abridge. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for amplified
  • These sweet, juicy shrimp taste of fragrant mint and lime, their aromas amplified by rum.
  • The smack is amplified by the posture of the falling fish, which typically flops sideways so that its flank hits the water.
  • Here the current is amplified as it rushes over the lip of the wall.
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  • The uneasiness is amplified by the fact that many of the council members are contemplating running for other political offices.
  • The resonators amplified the acoustic instrument and gave players an edge they couldn't get out of the common acoustic guitar.
  • Conversely it has also amplified many ongoing behavioral issues as well.
  • It worked by blasting amplified sound into a damaged ear.
  • Enjoy these historic photos of a time when recorded and amplified audio were a novelty, rather than a necessity of everyday life.
  • We feel the multiple effects of electronically-amplified capitalism.
British Dictionary definitions for amplified


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
(transitive) to increase in size, extent, effect, etc, as by the addition of extra material; augment; enlarge; expand
(electronics) to produce amplification of (electrical signals); increase the amplitude of (signals)
(transitive) (US) to exaggerate
(intransitive) to expand or enlarge a speech, narrative, etc
Derived Forms
amplifiable, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French amplifier, ultimately from Latin amplificāre to enlarge, from amplus spacious + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for amplified



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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