to amplify, to augment, to enlarge, to extend;
to dwell long on a subject ...1731 obs.
from Latin amplificāt- participial stem of amplificā-re (to enlarge)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1731 - To AMPLIFICATE [amplificatum, L.] to amplify, augment or enlarge
From: The Universal Etymological Dictionary
- Nathan Bailey
"...The true distinction with regard to the horns appears to be that already mentioned: - that the Sthenorhines have only the nose - not the forehead - elongated or amplificated through a growth of horns, and this is an epidermic amplification..."
From: The Classification of Animals Based on the Principle of Cephalization
- James D. Dana, 1864