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zoom [someone] in

verb phrasal verb; compounding generalization
To give someone (the object of the verb) a video call so that they can participate remotely in an event that is otherwise in person. This term is derived from the name of the video conference software platform “Zoom,” but ‘zoom [someone] in’ may be generalized to refer to the use of any video calling platform. The subject who performs the action of ‘zooming’ the object ‘in’ creates a link between the object (a remote individual) and a group of people with the subject, congregating face-to-face. This term is an innovation resulting from the social distancing demands of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
“If you can’t come in person, we can zoom you in."
Etymology : A compound of ‘zoom’ and ‘in’ into a phrasal verb, where ‘zoom’ is a neologistic verb for video calling derived and generalized from the name of the platform ‘Zoom.’
Source : Rice student over text, September 2020
Last modified: 23 November 2020


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