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From Middle English amplifiyen, from Old French amplifier, from Latin amplificare (to enlarge), from amplus (large) + facere (to make). See ample , equivalent to ample +‎ -ify.


  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈæmp.lɪ.faɪ/
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  • Hyphenation: am‧pli‧fy


amplify (third-person singular simple present amplifies, present participle amplifying, simple past and past participle amplified)

  1. (transitive) To render larger, more extended, or more intense.
    amplify the loudspeaker
    amplify a telescope
    amplify a microscopes
    amplify the message
    amplify an image on the screen
    amplify the impact of the project
  2. (transitive, rhetorical) To enlarge by addition or commenting; to treat copiously by adding particulars, illustrations, etc.; to expand.
    • 1700, John Dryden, Fables, Ancient and Modern:
      Troilus and Cressida was written by a Lombard author, but much amplified by our English translator.
  3. (transitive) To increase the amplitude of something, especially of an electric current.
    amplify a signal
  4. (translation studies) To add content that is not present in the source text to the target text, usually to improve the fluency of the translation.

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