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

v increase the volume of

amplify sound”
Type of:
compound, deepen, heighten, intensify
make more intense, stronger, or more marked

v increase in size, volume or significance

Type of:
become larger or bigger

v exaggerate or make bigger

blow up, expand, inflate
puff up
make larger or distend
Type of:
make bigger or more

v to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth

exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate
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
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misinform, mislead
give false or misleading information to

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