Meaning of MULTIPLY in English


I. ˈməl-tə-ˌplī verb

( -plied ; -ply·ing )

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

Date: 13th century

transitive verb

1. : to increase in number especially greatly or in multiples : augment


a. : 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


a. : to become greater in number : spread

b. : breed , propagate

2. : to perform multiplication

Synonyms: see increase

II. -plē adverb

Date: 1881

: in a multiple manner : in several ways

multiply talented children

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