The verb amplify means to crank up the volume. Speakers amplify, or raise, the volume of the noise coming through a microphone so that everyone at the rock show can hear.

Amplify comes from the Old French word amplifier meaning "to enlarge or expand." It refers to making a sound “expand,” but it can also crank up something like a disagreement — if you spread rumors, you might amplify an argument. It can “enlarge” an idea — if you don't realize how bad your health is, your doctor might amplify your test results by explaining them to you in simple, and possibly frightening terms.

Definitions of amplify
  1. verb
    increase the volume of
    amplify sound”
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    compound, deepen, heighten, intensify
    make more intense, stronger, or more marked
  2. verb
    increase in size, volume or significance
    synonyms: magnify
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    type of:
    become larger or bigger
  3. verb
    exaggerate or make bigger
    synonyms: blow up, expand, inflate
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    puff up
    make larger or distend
    type of:
    make bigger or more
  4. verb
    to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
    synonyms: exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate
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    downplay, minimise, minimize, understate
    represent as less significant or important
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    overemphasise, overemphasize, overstress
    place special or excessive emphasis on
    blow, bluster, boast, brag, gas, gasconade, shoot a line, swash, tout, vaunt
    show off
    aggrandise, aggrandize, blow up, dramatise, dramatize, embellish, embroider, lard, pad
    add details to
    cause to seem more splendid
    speak in a blustering or scornful manner
    crow, gloat, triumph
    dwell on with satisfaction
    type of:
    misinform, mislead
    give false or misleading information to
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