Simple Definition of multiply

: to increase greatly in number or amount : to become much more numerous

: to cause (something) to increase greatly in number or amount

: to increase in number by reproducing
Full Definition of multiply
multiplied
multiplying
transitive verb
1 : to increase in number especially greatly or in multiples : augment
2 a : to find the product of by multiplication <multiply 7 and 8> b : to use as a multiplicand in multiplication with another number <multiply 7 by 8>
intransitive verb
1 a : to become greater in number : spread b : breed, propagate
2 : to perform multiplication
Examples of multiply in a sentence
Complaints about the new procedure soon multiplied.
Her responsibilities multiplied when she was promoted.
Her responsibilities were multiplied by the promotion.
The bacteria multiply rapidly in warm, moist conditions.
The teacher taught the children how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide.
Origin and Etymology of multiply
Middle English multiplien, from AngloFrench multiplier, from Latin multiplicare, from multiplic, multiplex multiple
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of multiply
Rhymes with multiply
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1881
First Known Use of multiply
1881
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multiplied
multiplying
1 : to increase in number : make or become more numerous <His worries multiplied.>
2 : to find the product of by means of multiplication <Multiply 7 by 8.>
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