multiply

verb
mul·​ti·​ply | \ ˈməl-tə-ˌplī \
multiplied; multiplying

Definition of multiply

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to increase in number especially greatly or in multiples : augment
2a : to find the product of by multiplication multiply 7 and 8
b : to use as a multiplicand in multiplication with another number multiply 7 by 8

intransitive verb

1a : to become greater in number : spread
2 : to perform multiplication

multiply

adverb
mul·​ti·​ply | \ ˈməl-tə-plē \

Definition of multiply (Entry 2 of 3)

: in a multiple manner : in several ways multiply talented children

multi-ply

adjective
mul·​ti-ply | \ ˌməl-tē-ˈplī, -ˌtī-\

Definition of multi-ply (Entry 3 of 3)

: composed of several plies

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Synonyms for multiply

Synonyms: Verb

breed, procreate, propagate, reproduce

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Verb

increase, enlarge, augment, multiply mean to make or become greater. increase used intransitively implies progressive growth in size, amount, or intensity his waistline increased with age ; used transitively it may imply simple not necessarily progressive addition. increased her landholdings enlarge implies expansion or extension that makes greater in size or capacity. enlarged the kitchen augment implies addition to what is already well grown or well developed. the inheritance augmented his fortune multiply implies increase in number by natural generation or by indefinite repetition of a process. with each attempt the problems multiplied

Examples of multiply in a Sentence

Verb

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.
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Over the past 12 months in particular, the list of men who would be wise to follow Haddish's lead has multiplied. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Tiffany Haddish Bombed a Stand-Up Set, But It's Her Apology After That Matters," 2 Jan. 2019 Generally, a one-percentage-point move in rates (up or down) will shift the price of the bond or bond portfolio in the opposite direction, multiplied by the duration. Ari I. Weinberg, WSJ, "It’s Now or Never for ‘Hedged’ Bond ETFs," 4 Nov. 2018 An hour of draining upside down, multiplied by the residue of four other quarts (one oil change's worth), is often a couple of fingers of oil. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste Without Damaging the Environment," 9 Oct. 2018 Computers felt like magic, and VR was like computers multiplied by Christmas. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "VR Is Back in Pop Culture—As a Warning," 29 June 2018 That calculation is based on each customs declaration costing 32.50 pounds, multiplied by 200 million -- the number of intra-EU consignements in 2016 -- and then doubled to account for businesses on both sides of the border. Jess Shankleman, Bloomberg.com, "May's Preferred Brexit Option Is Less Costly, U.K. Taxman Says," 23 May 2018 The pacing of this dual murder exploration is uncertain, the tone too often swerves toward melodrama, and the timeline gets confusing as the small-town characters multiply. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Is the True-Crime Fever Breaking? Watching Netflix’s John Grisham Documentary The Innocent Man," 14 Dec. 2018 Hormones produced duringthe ovulation cycle can stimulate cell growth, which can help cancerous cells multiply. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Having kids leads to a small, but significant, increased risk of breast cancer," 14 Dec. 2018 Fiji: Think of the most breathtaking view your mind can conceive, and then multiply that tenfold. Marissa Miller, Teen Vogue, "13 Dream Vacations to Add to Your Bucket List," 24 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

While recriminations and lawsuits multiply over the event’s now-infamous collapse, almost $1 million is still unaccounted for, and it’s unclear exactly how the rest was spent. Polly Mosendz, Bloomberg.com, "Fyre Festival Was Buried Under Millions in Debt Before It Even Began," 15 May 2017 Multiply that prosecutor times hundreds of lawyers working against Trump’s proposals, thousands of journalists covering his every move, and millions of detractors across the country and globe, and the research becomes almost instantaneous. Mario Nicolais, The Denver Post, "Trump vs. Trump," 16 June 2017 At that same awards show, Blunt presented his pal with the Diamond Award to recognize the success of Ed's album x (Multiply) in Australia. Emilee Lindner, Billboard, "Ed Sheeran & James Blunt: A Timeline of Their Friendship," 7 May 2017

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First Known Use of multiply

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adverb

1881, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for multiply

Verb

Middle English multiplien, from Anglo-French multiplier, from Latin multiplicare, from multiplic-, multiplex multiple

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The first known use of multiply was in the 13th century

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multiply

verb

English Language Learners Definition of multiply

: 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

verb
mul·​ti·​ply | \ ˈməl-tə-ˌplī \
multiplied; multiplying

Kids Definition of multiply

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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