multiplex

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

Definition of multiplex

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

multiplex

verb
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

multiplex

noun

Definition of multiplex (Entry 3 of 3)

: a complex that houses several movie theaters

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Other Words from multiplex

Verb

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for multiplex

Synonyms: Adjective

beaucoup [slang], legion, many, multifold, multiple, multitudinous, numerous

Antonyms: Adjective

few

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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, SFChronicle.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "Why MoviePass' innovations could outlive the company," 11 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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

There’s no guarantee that a brand new movie theater, such as the massive AMC multiplex currently being built as part of the 9th and Colorado project, will continue to fill seats. John Wenzel, The Denver Post, "Denver-area movie theaters are thriving as the rest of the nation sees a downturn," 22 July 2019 Just like that, the movie business would be inexorably changed, with multiplexes existing only to screen films for a few weeks. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Why Big Movie Chains Won’t Show Martin Scorsese’s Netflix Epic," 28 Aug. 2019 Schwartz insisted on multiplex wiring, rearview TV, electronic instrumentation and ETAK-satellite navigation. Tony Swan, Popular Mechanics, "A Closer Look at Chevy's Mid-Engine Corvette...From 1988?," 19 July 2019 The New York Times Forget about the mutants at the multiplex. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: An Electrifying ‘Coriolanus,’ Addicted to War," 5 Aug. 2019 The Lion King is still reigning at the multiplex, but Quentin Tarantino is poised for a personal best. Oliver Gettell, EW.com, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," 28 July 2019 Weekends in June 1989 were pretty much spent at the multiplex. J.r. Gonzales, Houston Chronicle, "KRBE's own Ghostbusters, a hospital closes and more from June 1989," 27 June 2019 But 20 years after the Sony Metreon boldly declared itself the future, the building is nestled squarely in the present; a routine destination anchored by a multiplex, City Target and food court. San Francisco Chronicle, "Like everything else involved with the project, the chrome marketing folder was shiny and filled with hope, as if the owners were selling a new subdivision on the moons of Jupiter.," 26 July 2019 But neither pose a serious threat to Iron Man, Black Panther and the host of other superheroes currently dominating the multiplex. Ryan Faughnder, latimes.com, "'Avengers: Infinity War' to win third box-office weekend as 'Life of the Party' courts Mother's Day crowds," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of multiplex

Adjective

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1885, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for multiplex

Adjective

Latin

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noun

English Language Learners Definition of multiplex

: a building that contains several movie theaters

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