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 for amplify
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Amplify \Am"pli*fy\, v. i.
     1. To become larger. [Obs.]
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              Strait was the way at first, withouten light,
              But further in did further amplify.   --Fairfax.
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     2. To speak largely or copiously; to be diffuse in argument
        or description; to dilate; to expatiate; -- often with on
        or upon. --Watts.
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              He must often enlarge and amplify upon the subject
              he handles.                           --South.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Amplify \Am"pli*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Amplified; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Amplifying.] [F. amplifier, L. amplificare. See
     Ample, -fy.]
     1. To render larger, more extended, or more intense, and the
        like; -- used especially of telescopes, microscopes, etc.
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     2. (Rhet.) To enlarge by addition or discussion; to treat
        copiously by adding particulars, illustrations, etc.; to
        expand; to make much of.
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              Troilus and Cressida was written by a Lombard
              author, but much amplified by our English
              translator.                           --Dryden.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: increase in size, volume or significance; "Her terror was
           magnified in her mind" [syn: magnify, amplify]
      2: to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth; "tended to romanticize
         and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery" [syn:
         overstate, exaggerate, overdraw, hyperbolize,
         hyperbolise, magnify, amplify] [ant: downplay,
         minimise, minimize, understate]
      3: exaggerate or make bigger; "The charges were inflated" [syn:
         inflate, blow up, expand, amplify]
      4: increase the volume of; "amplify sound"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  130 Moby Thesaurus words for "amplify":
     add to, agent provocateur, aggrandize, aggravate, annoy, augment,
     ballyhoo, bloat, blow up, boost, broaden, build, build up, bulk,
     bulk out, burlesque, caricature, carry too far, charge, complete,
     crescendo, deepen, descant, detail, deteriorate, develop, dilate,
     distend, draw the longbow, elaborate, electrify, embellish,
     embitter, embroider, energize, enhance, enlarge, enlarge upon,
     enter into detail, evolve, exacerbate, exaggerate, exalt,
     exasperate, expand, expatiate, explicate, extend, fatten, fill out,
     galvanize, generate, go into, go to extremes, heat up, heighten,
     hike, hike up, hot up, huff, hyperbolize, increase, inflate,
     intensify, irritate, jack up, jump up, labor, lay it on, lengthen,
     loop in, magnify, make acute, make much of, make worse, maximize,
     overcharge, overdo, overdraw, overestimate, overpraise, overreach,
     overreact, oversell, overspeak, overstate, overstress, parlay,
     particularize, pile it on, plug in, provoke, puff, puff up, pump,
     pump up, put up, pyramid, raise, rarefy, rehearse in extenso,
     relate at large, sharpen, shock, short, short-circuit, sour,
     spell out, step down, step up, stiffen, stretch, stretch the truth,
     sufflate, supplement, swell, switch off, switch on, talk big,
     talk in superlatives, thicken, tout, travesty, turn off, turn on,
     unfold, up, widen, work out, worsen

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