Meaning of MULTIPLY in English


I. ˈməltəˌplī verb

( -ed/-ing/-es )

Etymology: Middle English multiplien, from Old French multiplier, from Latin multiplicare, from multiplic-, multiplex multiple — more at multiple

transitive verb

1. : to increase in number especially greatly or in multiples : make more numerous : add quantity to : amplify , augment

the spread of such a prejudice may multiply readers — R.P.Blackmur

no organized attempt to multiply good writings — G.G.Coulton

when an original manuscript could only be multiplied by handwritten copies — G.F.Hudson

inspiring other property owners to multiply their prices — Louise Levitas

ask you not to multiply those errors into misfortunes for all of us — Irving Stone

commerce multiplied wealth and comfort — Stringfellow Barr


a. : to find the product : perform multiplication on

b. : to combine with (another number) by multiplication

3. obsolete : magnify

intransitive verb


a. : to become greater in number : increase in extent : spread

as time passed, the forges and the furnaces multiplied — Desmond Sprague

the natural secrecy in which errors breed and multiply — Norman Cousins

b. : breed , propagate

every species of animals naturally multiplies in proportion to the means of their subsistence, and no species can ever multiply beyond it — Adam Smith

allows virus to multiply more than a millionfold — Monsanto Magazine

2. : to perform the mathematical operation of multiplication

Synonyms: see increase

- multiply the earth

- multiply words

II. ˈməltəplē, -li adverb

Etymology: multiple (I) + -ly

: in a multiple manner : in several or many ways : in multiple

the use of multiply applicable names — A.I.Melden

that physical objects are multiply accessible to different people — J.W.Yolton

III. ˈməltəˌplī noun

( -es )

Etymology: multiply , verb

: an instance of multiplication performed by a computer ; also : the means for performing multiplication

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