multiple

adjective
mul·​ti·​ple | \ ˈməl-tə-pəl How to pronounce multiple (audio) \

Definition of multiple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : consisting of, including, or involving more than one multiple births multiple choices
2 : many, manifold multiple achievements He suffered multiple injuries in the accident.
3 : shared by many multiple ownership
4 : having numerous aspects or functions : various life is very multiple; full of movements, facts, and news— John Galsworthy
5 : being a group of terminals (see terminal entry 2 sense 3) which make a circuit available at a number of points
6 : formed by coalescence of the ripening ovaries (see ovary sense 2) of several flowers a multiple fruit

multiple

noun

Definition of multiple (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the product of a quantity by an integer 35 is a multiple of 7
b : something in units of more than one or two
3 chiefly British : chain store

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Examples of multiple in a Sentence

Adjective She made multiple copies of the report. a person of multiple achievements He suffered multiple injuries in the accident. Noun 35 is a multiple of 7. 12 is a multiple of 6.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As each of the defendants have been processed, some of the videos have been shown multiple times, to different judges, or to highlight the actions of each defendant. Katelyn Polantz, CNN, "Under-the-radar court case helps piece together cop dragging during Capitol riot," 23 Apr. 2021 Kavanaugh insisted multiple times that the majority wasn’t actually discarding the previous cases, just reading them narrowly. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Blame Anthony Kennedy for the Supreme Court’s Mangled Ruling on Juvenile Life Without Parole," 23 Apr. 2021 Jessica McDaniel, a spokeswoman with the sheriff’s office, said the deputy ordered Stokes to comply multiple times before releasing the dog to bite him. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "Alabama police dog bites man accused of shoplifting at Walmart. Doctors perform 5 surgeries to save his arm.," 23 Apr. 2021 Jeanette Taylor’s 2019 campaign and getting kicked out of City Hall multiple times during demonstrations. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "Community activist Wardell Lavender, known to many as the ‘Mayor of Woodlawn,’ dies at 80," 23 Apr. 2021 The #8CantWait campaign caught the attention of celebrities like Ariana Grande and trended across multiple social media platforms as people shared the seemingly simple remedies for fixing policing in America. Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner, "What Republicans and Democrats are proposing to reform the police," 22 Apr. 2021 The inmate refused multiple times to sign the notice and stuck his hands in the open hatch in the door, the statement adds. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "'Absolutely intolerant of this behavior': California deputy burned inmate in mental health unit, authorities say," 22 Apr. 2021 Actions are taken across the organization and at multiple levels of the organization. Sarah Johnson, Forbes, "Measuring Customer Experience And Employee Experience Is Pretty Much The Same, Right? Wrong.," 21 Apr. 2021 But assassination is just one tool in a campaign that operates on multiple levels and fronts. New York Times, "Iran Rattled as Israel Repeatedly Strikes Key Targets," 20 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The stock’s forward earnings multiple was just 7% higher than Altria’s when the two split; now the premium is 42%. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Biden Administration Resparks an Old Danger for Cigarette Stocks," 20 Apr. 2021 Now, although a 6x multiple appears reasonable for a software company focused on currently hot areas, BlackBerry’s execution thus far has been poor. Trefis Team, Forbes, "Is BlackBerry Stock Poised To Fall Further?," 20 Apr. 2021 What's more, based on its latest annual earnings of $322 million, Coinbase would have a stock price-to-earnings multiple of 201. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Why Coinbase could be worth as much as $100 billion. Here's who is getting rich off of it.," 14 Apr. 2021 Hence, the index gained 33.5% after notching a multiple that in retrospect should have petrified investors. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Is now a good time to buy stocks? Not according to this famed metric," 8 Apr. 2021 Drivers could set their own price as a multiple of an Uber base price, could see where riders were going, and could reject ride requests without penalties. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Uber may stop letting drivers see destinations and name prices," 5 Apr. 2021 Their enterprise value as a multiple of next year’s expected earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization is around 11 times, lower than the long-term average according to Morgan Stanley. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Time to Place a Bet on Unloved Casino Stocks," 2 Mar. 2021 While Apple’s current earnings multiple looks high relative to historical levels, trading at about 28x projected 2021 earnings, and up from levels of around 18x at the end of 2017, growth is likely to pick up considerably this year. Trefis Team, Forbes, "Should You Buy Apple Stock After The Recent Correction?," 25 Feb. 2021 For some, the situation at the Lucerne is an inflection point: a case study of the city government’s multiple, overlapping failures in homelessness policy. Megan Evershed, The New Republic, "How an Upper West Side Hotel Came to Embody the City’s Failure on Homelessness," 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of multiple

Adjective

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for multiple

Adjective and Noun

French, from Latin multiplex, from multi- + -plex -fold — more at -fold

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Time Traveler for multiple

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The first known use of multiple was in 1647

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26 Apr 2021

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“Multiple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/multiple. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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multiple

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of multiple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: more than one
: shared by many people

multiple

noun

English Language Learners Definition of multiple (Entry 2 of 2)

mathematics : a number that can be produced by multiplying a smaller number

multiple

adjective
mul·​ti·​ple | \ ˈməl-tə-pəl How to pronounce multiple (audio) \

Kids Definition of multiple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being or consisting of more than one We need multiple copies.

multiple

noun

Kids Definition of multiple (Entry 2 of 2)

: the number found by multiplying one number by another 35 is a multiple of 7.

multiple

adjective
mul·​ti·​ple | \ ˈməl-tə-pəl How to pronounce multiple (audio) \

Medical Definition of multiple

1 : consisting of, including, or involving more than one multiple births
2 : affecting many parts of the body at once

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