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amplify (v.)

early 15c., "to enlarge, expand, increase," from Old French amplifier (15c.), from Latin amplificare "to enlarge," from amplus "large" (see ample) + combining form of facere "to make, do" (from PIE root *dhe- "to set, put"). Meaning "augment in volume or amount" is from 1570s. Restriction of use to sound seems to have emerged from c. 1915 in reference to radio technology.

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Definitions of amplify

amplify (v.)
increase in size, volume or significance;
Synonyms: magnify
amplify (v.)
to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth;
Synonyms: overstate / exaggerate / overdraw / hyperbolize / hyperbolise / magnify
amplify (v.)
exaggerate or make bigger;
Synonyms: inflate / blow up / expand
amplify (v.)
increase the volume of;
amplify sound
From wordnet.princeton.edu