Definition of multiply
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.
Origin and Etymology of multiply
Middle English multiplien, from Anglo-French multiplier, from Latin multiplicare, from multiplic-, multiplex multiple
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of multiply
First Known Use of multiply
MULTIPLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition 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
Definition of multiply for Students
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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