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multiply

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of multiply

  1. 1 to bring forth offspring rabbits multiply with proverbial rapidity Synonyms of multiply breed, procreate, propagate, reproduceWords Related to multiply bear, beget, engender, gender, generate, get, have, mother, parent, produce, sire; hatch, spawn

  2. 2 to make greater in size, amount, or number the booming economy multiplied the wealth of investors Synonyms of multiply accelerate, add (to), aggrandize, amplify, augment, boost, build up, compound, enlarge, escalate, expand, extend, hype, increase, pump up, raise, swell, stoke, supersize, upWords Related to multiply boom, jump, skyrocket, spike; bump (up), ratchet (up) also rachet (up); blow up, dilate, distend, inflate; draw out, elongate, flesh (out), lengthen, prolong, protract, stretch; develop, enhance, heighten, intensify, magnify; complement, supplement; beef (up), reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen; maximize; accumulate, amass, collect; follow up, parlayNear Antonyms of multiply abbreviate, abridge, curtail, shorten; compress, condense, constrict, contract; cut back, retrenchAntonyms of multiply abate, decrease, de-escalate, diminish, downsize, dwindle, lessen, lower, minify, reduce, subtract (from)

  3. 3 to become greater in extent, volume, amount, or number with each attempt the problems multiplied Synonyms of multiply accelerate, accumulate, appreciate, balloon, boom, build up, burgeon (also bourgeon), climb, enlarge, escalate, expand, gain, mount, increase, mushroom, proliferate, rise, roll up, snowball, spread, swell, waxWords Related to multiply jump, rocket, skyrocket, surge; heighten, intensify, redouble; blow up, bulk, distend, inflate, puff (up); crescendo, crest, peakAntonyms of multiply contract, decrease, diminish, dwindle, lessen, recede, wane

Synonym Discussion of multiply

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


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