mul·​ti·​mod·​al | \-ˈmō-dᵊl \

Definition of multimodal 

: having or involving several modes, modalities, or maxima multimodal distributions multimodal therapy

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Even though Lyft sees its future as a more multimodal, sustainable transportation company that supports biking, scooters, transit equity, and safer streets, cars are still its core business — specifically gas-burning cars. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Lyft hits a major milestone: 1 billion trips," 18 Sep. 2018 The partnership, which is still subject to approval by regulators, would combine and expand the two luxury carmakers’ current suite of car sharing, parking, ride hailing, electric-vehicle charging, and multimodal transportation services. David Muller, Car and Driver, "Friendly Foes: BMW and Daimler Form Mobility Joint Venture," 28 Mar. 2018 The $800 million cost for both the train modernization and the multimodal facility was financed through a federal Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan, along with general airport bond revenues. Mary Wisniewski,, "Get ready for buses at O'Hare this year as 'people mover' gets rehab," 24 May 2018 Recent changes to Uber and Lyft’s apps that allow potential riders to see multimodal options like transit and bike-sharing services alongside vehicle-hailing could also help riders save more money. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Lyft and Uber serve low-income communities better than taxis, says study," 2 July 2018 Peter Yi, an anesthesiologist and pain specialist at Penn Medicine, favors a multimodal approach that is not widely available. Stacey Burling,, "How doctors help chronic pain patients taper opioid doses," 24 May 2018 The step-wise, multimodal approach to rejuvenation is really what the newest trend is in cosmetic surgery. Carolyne Zinko, San Francisco Chronicle, "How to look your absolute best at any age? We asked the experts.," 15 May 2018 Voters here will likely go to the polls in 2019 to vote on a multimodal mass-transit corridor plan, and funding for an initial phase. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "Nirenberg hopes to sway voters with new mass-transit plan," 10 Apr. 2018 City officials said the track move was important, however, in order to help turn the Sacramento Valley Station and the surrounding 30 acres into a modern, multimodal regional transportation facility. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "This $69 million project is only 5 years old. It already has cracks. | The Sacramento Bee," 26 Apr. 2018

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1899, in the meaning defined above

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mul·​ti·​mo·​dal | \ˌməl-ti-ˈmōd-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of multimodal 

: relating to, having, or utilizing more than one mode or modality (as of stimulation or treatment) multimodal cancer therapy involving surgery, immunotherapy, and radiation

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