Definitions for: Amplify

[v] increase the volume of; "amplify sound"
[v] exaggerate or make bigger; "The charges were inflated"
[v] increase in size, volume or significance; "Her terror was magnified in her mind."
[v] to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth; "tended to romanticize and exaggerate this ``gracious Old South'' imagery"

Webster (1913) Definition: Am"pli*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Amplified; p. pr. &
vb. n. Amplifying.] [F. amplifier, L. amplificare. See
Ample, -fy.]
1. To render larger, more extended, or more intense, and the
like; -- used especially of telescopes, microscopes, etc.

2. (Rhet.) To enlarge by addition or discussion; to treat
copiously by adding particulars, illustrations, etc.; to
expand; to make much of.

Troilus and Cressida was written by a Lombard
author, but much amplified by our English
translator. --Dryden.

Am"pli*fy, v. i.
1. To become larger. [Obs.]

Strait was the way at first, withouten light, But
further in did further amplify. --Fairfax.

2. To speak largely or copiously; to be diffuse in argument
or description; to dilate; to expatiate; -- often with on
or upon. --Watts.

He must often enlarge and amplify upon the subject
he handles. --South.

Synonyms: blow up, exaggerate, expand, hyerbolise, hyperbolize, inflate, magnify, magnify, overdraw, overstate

Antonyms: downplay, minimise, minimize, understate

See Also: aggrandise, aggrandize, blow, blow up, bluster, boast, brag, compound, deepen, dramatise, dramatize, embellish, embroider, enlarge, gas, gasconade, heighten, increase, intensify, lard, misinform, mislead, overemphasise, overemphasize, overstress, pad, puff up, shoot a line, swash, tout, vaunt

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