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



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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Oliveira, who missed weight multiple times while competing as a featherweight, hadn't missed weight since returning to lightweight in April 2017. Mike Bohn, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 Experts said the pig was evaluated multiple times for the virus, but tests can only detect active versions and not latent ones that can lie dormant without detection. Charmaine Patterson,, 6 May 2022 Officer Denise Bruce-Jones was hospitalized after being shot multiple times on April 14 near Cave Creek and Beardsley roads. Joanna Jacobo Rivera, The Arizona Republic, 6 May 2022 While all good teas can be steeped multiple times, some oolongs don’t reveal their full potential until five or six brews in. Max Falkowitz, Bon Appétit, 5 May 2022 The Federal Reserve increased rates in March, and are expected to raise rates multiple times to combat inflation. Sean Mcdonnell, cleveland, 5 May 2022 The injured student was treated at a hospital after he was struck multiple times. Andres Picon, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 May 2022 Depp smirked multiple times over the course of her testimony. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 5 May 2022 High inflation -- consumer prices rose in March at the fastest pace in 40 years -- will likely force the Fed to raise interest rates multiple times in the coming months. Matt Egan, CNN, 4 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So, having to bust out the mop multiple times a week, too, just felt egregious. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 30 Apr. 2022 Ronnie started honking the horn multiple times a day hoping someone would hear their SOS message. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 Over the past four quarters, Netflix has recorded net earnings of $5 billion, so its P/E multiple now stands at just 19.4, down from 112 in its summit last October. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2022 The company has seen revenue rise over recent years, while its P/E multiple has also risen. Despite the Covid-19 crisis, GOOG saw its revenue rise by 19% in 2020 with Google Cloud and YouTube ads segments leading the growth. Trefis Team, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 Smaller than its Brazilian counterpart, which featured 450 works by 214 artists, the D.C. exhibition nevertheless offers a new approach to global history—one that contradicts the myth of a singular narrative in favor of multiple. Shantay Robinson, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Apr. 2022 Students who are signing up for AP classes are often signing up for multiple — three on average before graduating. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Apr. 2022 So the county active eagle nest count might well go from zero to multiple in the first year. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Mar. 2022 Booking’s shares are currently trading around their pre-pandemic multiple of just over 5 times enterprise value to forward sales—a significant discount to Airbnb’s more than 10 times but a premium to rival Expedia’s 2.8 times. Laura Forman, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of multiple


1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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The first known use of multiple was in 1647

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8 May 2022

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“Multiple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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.



Kids Definition of multiple (Entry 2 of 2)

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


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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