mul·​ti·​pli·​er | \ ˈməl-tə-ˌplī(-ə)r How to pronounce multiplier (audio) \

Definition of multiplier

: one that multiplies: such as
a : a number by which another number is multiplied
b : an instrument or device for multiplying or intensifying some effect
c : a machine, mechanism, or circuit that multiplies numbers

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Israel’s relations and effective alliance with the U.S. are the central tenet of its national security, a diplomatic shield and a military force multiplier. Gilead Sher, Time, "Netanyahu's Defense Treaty with Trump Is a Bad Idea. Just as Well It's Only a Gimmick," 16 Sep. 2019 The members of the community really are a force multiplier. Don Stacom,, "Berlin residents chat about parking, speeding with local police at ‘Coffee With a Cop’," 12 Sep. 2019 The obvious immediate task for the government is to revive demand, which at the moment is only possible through an injection of public spending, ideally in necessary infrastructure and in social sectors that have high employment multipliers. Jayati Ghosh, Quartz India, "While India was busy celebrating its “ease of doing business” ranking, its real economy tanked," 5 Aug. 2019 The third-tier prize would typically be worth $50,000, but the player added the Power Play multiplier for an extra $1 when purchasing the ticket, according to a news release from Maryland Lottery. Catalina Righter,, "$250K Powerball ticket bought in Thurmont still unclaimed, according to Maryland Lottery," 3 Sep. 2019 In the third episode of the new season: force multipliers, hyper-decanting, and boars on floors. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "‘Succession’ Recap, S2E3: Takeover Defense," 26 Aug. 2019 But the biggest risk multiplier may come out of the policy world. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "How the Recession of 2020 Could Happen," 17 Aug. 2019 In 2017, bitcoin’s manic rally had a multiplier effect: investors also piled into many smaller digital currencies hoping to catch the next hot bet. Steven Russolillo, WSJ, "Bitcoin’s Surge Leaves Smaller Digital Currencies in the Dust," 30 June 2019 This has to have a negative impact on aggregate demand, which would then have a more prolonged and severe impact through the negative multiplier effects of employment losses. Jayati Ghosh, Quartz India, "While India was busy celebrating its “ease of doing business” ranking, its real economy tanked," 5 Aug. 2019

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: a number by which another number is multiplied

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