v. am·pli·fied, am·pli·fy·ing, am·pli·fies
1. To make larger or more powerful; increase.
2. To add to, as by illustrations; make complete.
3. To exaggerate.
4. To produce amplification of: amplify an electrical signal.
To write or discourse at length; expatiate: Let me amplify so that you will understand the overall problem.
[Middle English amplifien, from Old French amplifier, from Latin amplificāre : amplus, large + -ficāre, -fy.]
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