zoom, zoom in
Zoom was originally an onomatopoeic word representing the humming sound made by a rapidly moving object.
- The race car crossed the finish line with a zoom.
The phrasal verb zoom in means to focus more closely with a lens on a thing or a person.
- Adjust the microscope lens to zoom in on the specimen.
- Alberto focussed his camera on the rare orchid, and then zoomed in for a close-up.
Zoom is often followed by other prepositions (e.g. across, over, to, up) to denote a rapid increase or movement.
- The baseball zoomed across the room before hitting the expensive vase.
- The model airplane zoomed up past the trees before zooming over the lake.
- Prices zoomed to a new high during the inflationary period.
Whether used as a noun or as a verb, zoom has a casual tone and is not recommended in formal writing, except in the area of photography.
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