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Definition of multiply
multiplied
;multiplying
transitive verb
1 : to increase in number especially greatly or in multiples : augment
2a : to find the product of by multiplication multiply 7 and 8b : to use as a multiplicand in multiplication with another number multiply 7 by 8
intransitive verb
1a : to become greater in number : spreadb : breed, propagate
2 : to perform multiplication
Examples of multiply in a Sentence
Complaints about the new procedure soon multiplied.
Her responsibilities multiplied when she was promoted.
Her responsibilities were multiplied by the promotion.
The bacteria multiply rapidly in warm, moist conditions.
The teacher taught the children how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide.
Recent Examples of multiply from the Web

Heterotaxy syndrome is when a person is born with internal organs that are malformed, misplaced, multiplied, and/or missing.

Evil multiplied, genetically conceived, technologically disseminated, rotting the very core of the species and infecting any semblance of innocence.

Legionnaires' disease is spread by the Legionella bacteria, which can grow and multiply in various parts of a building's water system.

There the algae, known as schizochytrium, multiply quickly.

In Venezuela, social media has multiplied the political impact of the confrontations with representatives of the socialist system installed by the late President Hugo Chavez.

And let’s further stipulate that multiplying the problem by 2 billion users makes the task daunting, even for a company with $7 billion on hand.

Some wound care bandages use silver infusion, which prevents bacteria from creating chemical bonds necessary to multiply.

But as courageous as that original whistleblowing was, Manning’s heroism has only multiplied since then, become more multifaceted and consequential.
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Origin and Etymology of multiply
Middle English multiplien, from AngloFrench multiplier, from Latin multiplicare, from multiplic, multiplex multiple
Synonym Discussion of multiply
First Known Use of multiply
1881
MULTIPLY Defined for English Language Learners
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playDefinition of multiply for English Language Learners

: to increase greatly in number or amount : to become much more numerous

: to cause (something) to increase greatly in number or amount

: to increase in number by reproducing
MULTIPLY Defined for Kids
multiply
playDefinition of multiply for Students
multiplied
;multiplying
1 : to increase in number : make or become more numerous His worries multiplied.
2 : to find the product of by means of multiplication Multiply 7 by 8.
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