mul·​ti·​fac·​e·​ted | \ ˌməl-tē-ˈfa-sə-təd How to pronounce multifaceted (audio) , -ˌtī- \

Definition of multifaceted

: having many facets (see facet sense 1) or aspects a multifaceted approach to health care

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a multifaceted approach to health care
Recent Examples on the Web Doctors welcome the therapies as novel approaches to a multifaceted issue. Popular Science, "Two radically new drugs bring hope for people with depression. But psychiatrists are skeptical.," 31 Dec. 2019 That’s a tangled and multifaceted issue, and to be clear, the Bears aren’t ready to pull the plug even in the face of mounting concerns. Brad Biggs,, "Column: Where do the Bears turn if Mitch Trubisky can’t turn it around? GM Ryan Pace has multiple avenues — but none of them are clear.," 26 Oct. 2019 The age of something as massive and multifaceted as the universe is difficult to ascertain, to say the least. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Universe Might Be 2 Billion Years Younger Than We Thought," 19 Sep. 2019 This is the result of a sustained and multifaceted official campaign to clean up China’s energy generation. The Economist, "Asia digs up and burns three-quarters of the world’s coal," 22 Aug. 2019 Since arriving in Baltimore over a decade ago from upstate New York, the musician and comedian Ed Schrader has made a name for himself as an irreverent and multifaceted performer eager to delve into the absurd. Max Savage Levenson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Punk oddballs Ed Schrader’s Music Beat keep fans guessing on ‘Riddles’," 27 Mar. 2018 The actor never disappoints onstage, and this is a multifaceted, thrilling, deeply moving performance. Demetrios Matheou, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Cyrano de Bergerac': Theater Review," 8 Dec. 2019 Recipes reflect the centuries’ cooks and their multifaceted experiences, from baked ham glazed with Champagne to collard greens with cornmeal dumplings. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gift guide: 2019 cookbooks and companion goodies for food and drink lovers," 5 Dec. 2019 This year's Favorite Things list is as multifaceted as Oprah herself, spanning everything from portable speakers to cozy slippers. CNN Underscored, "Oprah's Favorite Things list is live on Amazon: Shop the best gifts now," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of multifaceted

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of multifaceted was in 1870

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15 Jan 2020

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“Multifaceted.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of multifaceted

: having many different parts : having many facets

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