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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.

1375–1425; late Middle English amplifyen < Middle French amplifier < Latin amplificāre to increase, augment. See ample, -ify

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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amplify (ˈæmplɪˌfaɪ)
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  (tr) to increase in size, extent, effect, etc, as by the addition of extra material; augment; enlarge; expand
2.  electronics to produce amplification of (electrical signals); increase the amplitude of (signals)
3.  (US) (tr) to exaggerate
4.  (intr) to expand or enlarge a speech, narrative, etc
[C15: from Old French amplifier, ultimately from Latin amplificāre to enlarge, from amplus spacious + facere to make]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., "to enlarge or expand," from M.Fr. amplifier, from L. amplificare "to enlarge," from amplificus "splendid," from amplus "large" + 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.
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