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multiply

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verb mul·ti·ply \ ˈməl-tə-ˌplī \

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
2 :to perform multiplication

Examples of multiply in a Sentence

  1. Complaints about the new procedure soon multiplied.

  2. Her responsibilities multiplied when she was promoted.

  3. Her responsibilities were multiplied by the promotion.

  4. The bacteria multiply rapidly in warm, moist conditions.

  5. The teacher taught the children how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide.

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Origin and Etymology of multiply

Middle English multiplien, from Anglo-French multiplier, from Latin multiplicare, from multiplic-, multiplex multiple

Synonym Discussion of multiply

increase, enlarge, augment, multiply mean to make or become greater. increase used intransitively implies progressive growth in size, amount, or intensity
    • his waistline increased with age
; used transitively it may imply simple not necessarily progressive addition.
    • increased her landholdings
enlarge implies expansion or extension that makes greater in size or capacity.
    • enlarged the kitchen
augment implies addition to what is already well grown or well developed.
    • the inheritance augmented his fortune
multiply implies increase in number by natural generation or by indefinite repetition of a process.
    • with each attempt the problems multiplied

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multiply

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adverb mul·ti·ply \ -plē \

Definition of multiply

:in a multiple manner :in several ways
  • multiply talented children

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First Known Use of multiply

1881


multi-ply

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adjective mul·ti-ply \ ˌməl-tē-ˈplī , -ˌtī- \

Definition of multi-ply

:composed of several plies

First Known Use of multi-ply

1926


MULTIPLY Defined for English Language Learners

multiply

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Definition of multiply for English Language Learners

  • : 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


MULTIPLY Defined for Kids

multiply

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verb mul·ti·ply \ ˈməl-tə-ˌplī \

Definition of multiply for Students

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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