mul·​ti·​ple | \ ˈməl-tə-pəl How to pronounce multiple (audio) \

Definition of multiple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : consisting of, including, or involving more than one multiple births multiple choices
2 : many, manifold multiple achievements He suffered multiple injuries in the accident.
3 : shared by many multiple ownership
4 : having numerous aspects or functions : various life is very multiple; full of movements, facts, and news— John Galsworthy
5 : being a group of terminals (see terminal entry 2 sense 3) which make a circuit available at a number of points
6 : formed by coalescence of the ripening ovaries (see ovary sense 2) of several flowers a multiple fruit



Definition of multiple (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the product of a quantity by an integer 35 is a multiple of 7
b : something in units of more than one or two
3 chiefly British : chain store

Examples of multiple in a Sentence

Adjective She made multiple copies of the report. a person of multiple achievements He suffered multiple injuries in the accident. Noun 35 is a multiple of 7. 12 is a multiple of 6.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Following the Tuesday confirmation of Dominique Badji joining the roster, news broke of additions to FC Cincinnati's first-team coaching staff, which were confirmed by The Enquirer via multiple sources. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 5 Jan. 2022 Video shows the cruiser's windshield wipers were activated as Hernandez maneuvered the police SUV through traffic, appearing on multiple occasions to be using only one hand to steer the speeding vehicle over slick residential roads. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 4 Jan. 2022 And in the end, on multiple occasions, Lillard publicly affirmed his commitment to Portland. oregonlive, 31 Dec. 2021 Their advantage comes from intangibles, already having played at BYU and Michigan (Colorado State has yet to play a true road game), already having ground out close wins on multiple occasions. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Dec. 2021 The letter also states that staff brought in marijuana and vapes for residents and that police have been called to the facility by residents on multiple occasions. al, 30 Dec. 2021 Victor Garcia had on multiple occasions threatened McVoy, who had offers to take another music gig. Jonah Valdez, Los Angeles Times, 29 Dec. 2021 In an August lawsuit, Virginia Giuffre claimed that the prince abused her on multiple occasions in 2001. Larry Neumeister, ajc, 28 Dec. 2021 That amount has reportedly since been doubled on multiple occasions for further violations, Mortensen said. Ally Mauch,, 27 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The conservative multiple is largely due to the fact that investors expect sales of the Covid vaccine – Moderna’s only revenue-generating product – to drop from 2022 onward. Trefis Team, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 The law establishes the maximum loan limit in high-cost areas as a multiple of the area's median home value, up to a maximum of 150% of the baseline loan limit. Anna Bahney, CNN, 30 Nov. 2021 For instance, the enterprise value-to-sales multiple of four leading e-commerce players fell 39% in the first half of 2021 amid high-profile regulatory moves. Jonathan Cheng, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2021 In general, any algorithm’s total number of cubie-moves for the edge cubies must be a multiple of 4. Dave Linkletter, Popular Mechanics, 3 Sep. 2021 The series is described as a modern remix of the short story of the same name by Egdar Allen Poe and multiple of his other works. Selome Hailu, Variety, 9 Dec. 2021 The Department of Homeland Security has awarded the Sheriff’s Office multiple grants since 2017 to assist in the identification and deportation of undocumented people. Richard A. Webster, ProPublica, 22 Nov. 2021 Palantir currently trades around $20, a multiple of about 30-times its total revenues over the past 12 months, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data, at around $22 a share. Declan Harty, Fortune, 24 Nov. 2021 Since the number of hot dogs will always be 1 plus a multiple of 5, all these numbers have a remainder of 1 when divided by 5. Quanta Magazine, 18 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of multiple


1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for multiple

Adjective and Noun

French, from Latin multiplex, from multi- + -plex -fold — more at -fold

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Time Traveler for multiple

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The first known use of multiple was in 1647

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“Multiple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of multiple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: more than one : many numerous
: shared by many people



English Language Learners Definition of multiple (Entry 2 of 2)

: a number that can be produced by multiplying a smaller number


mul·​ti·​ple | \ ˈməl-tə-pəl How to pronounce multiple (audio) \

Kids Definition of multiple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being or consisting of more than one We need multiple copies.



Kids Definition of multiple (Entry 2 of 2)

: the number found by multiplying one number by another 35 is a multiple of 7.


mul·​ti·​ple | \ ˈməl-tə-pəl How to pronounce multiple (audio) \

Medical Definition of multiple

1 : consisting of, including, or involving more than one multiple births
2 : affecting many parts of the body at once

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