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Amplify meaning

amplify - 3 dictionary results

  1. 1. Amplification.
  2. 2. To enlarge; to expand.
  3. 3. To treat diffusely.

amplify - examples of usage

  1. Amplify is now rarely used in the sense of increase, to add material substance, bulk, volume, or the like; it is now almost wholly applied to discourse or writing, signifying to make fuller in statement, whether with or without adding matter of importance, as by stating fully what was before only implied, or by adding illustrations to make the meaning more readily apprehended, etc. The chief difficulty of very young writers is to amplify, to get beyond the bare curt statement by developing, expanding, unfolding the thought. The chief difficulty of those who have more material and experience is to condense sufficiently. So, in the early days of our literature amplify was used in the favorable sense; but at present this word and most kindred words are coming to share the derogatory meaning that has long attached to expatiate. We may develop a thought, expand an illustration, extend a discussion, expatiate on a hobby, dilate on something joyous or sad, enlarge a volume, unfold a scheme, widen the range of treatment.
  2. Cathcart had hinted too of other things- things which he would not amplify- of a still more disconcertingly impossible nature- matters which Morton had scarcely thought had been credible even to the darkest medievalists; and all this with that same sharp, sane humor that lent an air of reality to all that he said. - "The Necromancers", Robert Hugh Benson.
  3. He got gaily away before his mother could amplify a suggestion which spoiled a little of his pleasure in the praises- he thought they were unqualified and enthusiastic praises- she had been heaping upon Alice. - "April Hopes", William Dean Howells Last Updated: February 27, 2009.
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