Am·pli·fy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Amplified p. pr. & vb. n. Amplifying.]
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.
v 1: increase in size, volume or significance; "Her terror was
magnified in her mind" [syn: magnify]
2: to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth; "tended to
romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South'
imagery" [syn: overstate, exaggerate, overdraw, hyperbolize,
hyerbolise, magnify] [ant: understate]
3: exaggerate or make bigger; "The charges were inflated" [syn:
inflate, blow up, expand]
4: increase the volume of; "amplify sound"