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
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