mul·​ti·​plex | \ ˈməl-tə-ˌpleks How to pronounce multiplex (audio) \

Definition of multiplex

 (Entry 1 of 3)

2 : being or relating to a system of transmitting several messages or signals simultaneously on the same circuit or channel


multiplexed; multiplexing; multiplexes

Definition of multiplex (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to send (messages or signals) by a multiplex system

intransitive verb

: to multiplex messages or signals



Definition of multiplex (Entry 3 of 3)

: a complex that houses several movie theaters

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multiplexer or less commonly multiplexor \ ˈməl-​tə-​ˌplek-​sər How to pronounce multiplexor (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for multiplex

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of multiplex in a Sentence

Adjective would sometimes experience multiplex moods in the course of a single day
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Mayor Bloomberg delivered his standard sermon about obesity, nutrition, and the multiplex horrors of sugary drinks. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The White Ghetto," 23 July 2019 Now picture her sporting tight white jeans and a black leather jacket, making her way carefully (in 4-inch platform sandals) through a garish and loud multiplex lobby with its cacophony of video-game arcades. Vance Muse, Houston Chronicle, "Houston socialite Lynn Wyatt recalls her times hanging out with friend Elton John," 14 June 2019 But a detailed 1983 article about the decline of the drive-in, written by The Chronicle’s John Stanley, gave data and testimonials that suggested the multiplex theater was the largest culprit for failing drive-ins. Peter Hartlaub,, "SF almost had a Sutro Drive-In in 1950, and more local outdoor movie history," 13 July 2018 Her two other children toddle beside her and Lavelle, her husband, headed for the welcoming chill of a multiplex matinee. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "For three families, Tulsa experiment offers chance to grasp American dream," 3 July 2018 Are multiplex audiences too jaded to appreciate its bizarre, slow-building atmospheric tension? Michael Phillips,, "Why is 'Hereditary' such a hit with critics — and an apparent flop with audiences?," 11 June 2018 The question is how relevant the ratings are in a world where the principal gatekeepers are not parents or multiplex workers but algorithms and passwords — where a different kind of code controls what can be seen by whom. New York Times, "Dystopia, Apocalypse, Culture War: 2018 or 1968?," 17 May 2018 Harkins Theaters has replicated the large screen curtained experience in two multiplex locations. azcentral, "Iconic Arizona businesses that are closed," 4 Nov. 2014 In multiplex terms, that's a trend toward individual movie purchases, not theater subscriber fees. Steven Zeitchik,, "Why MoviePass' innovations could outlive the company," 11 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Perturb-seq provides genomic scale and resolution, allowing both multiplexed intervention in a genome as well as analysis of non-natural configurations for the first time. John Stuelpnagel, Fortune, "An Explosion of Knowledge: Multiplexed Interventional Genomics," 13 Jan. 2020 Why not cut out distributors completely by going straight to multiplex operators? Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "With ‘Logan Lucky,’ Soderbergh Hopes to Change Film’s Business Model," 31 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun By 2030, the wealth from your home, whether a share of a multiplex or a farmhouse on 40 acres, will reside in a local financial institution where participation gives you a vote in how profits made from your deposits are administered. David D. Haynes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What should happen in Wisconsin in the next decade? Eight emerging leaders answer that question.," 3 Jan. 2020 The Jennifer Lopez comedy-drama has shown staying power at multiplexes with $98 million in a month. Dave Mcnary,, "‘Joker’ remains box office ruler with $55 million," 13 Oct. 2019 Fandango gift card Virtually every multiplex accepts Fandago gift cards. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Easy last minute gift ideas for movie lovers," 22 Dec. 2019 Theme parks rule the multiplexes, and some of the rides are terrific — maybe even meaningful., "In an interview with Empire magazine," 25 Oct. 2019 Versions of that refrain come up every year, but what used to be merely a gap between the multiplexes and limited releases has now become an abyss. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Best Movies of 2019," 4 Dec. 2019 The same cannot be said of today's cinema workers at massive multiplexes. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "AMC Theatre workers press for holiday and overtime pay," 4 Dec. 2019 The site is currently the parking lot of the Regal Lloyd Center multiplex. oregonlive, "Lender pulls plug on major Lloyd District redevelopment, demands $36 million," 4 Dec. 2019 When the Showcase site opened, multiplexes were just taking off in the state and region, replacing single-screen Main Street movie houses. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Movie dates and the dawn of the blockbuster: East Hartford cineplex demolition triggers local memories," 9 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of multiplex


1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1885, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1982, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of multiplex was in 1606

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“Multiplex.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of multiplex

: a building that contains several movie theaters


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