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[muhl-tuh-plahy] /ˈmʌl təˌplaɪ/
verb (used with object), multiplied, multiplying.
to make many or manifold; increase the number, quantity, etc., of.
Arithmetic. to find the product of by multiplication.
to breed (animals).
to propagate (plants).
to increase by procreation.
verb (used without object), multiplied, multiplying.
to grow in number, quantity, etc.; increase.
Arithmetic. to perform the process of multiplication.
to increase in number by procreation or natural generation.
Origin of multiply1
1225-75; Middle English multiplien < Old French multiplier < Latin multiplicāre. See multi-, ply2
Related forms
self-multiplied, adjective
self-multiplying, adjective
unmultiplied, adjective
unmultiplying, adjective
6. magnify, enlarge, intensify. Unabridged
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  • The figure of the judge was multiplied a thousand fold before mine eyes, and I fell into a swoon.

    The Devil's Elixir E. T. A. Hoffmann
  • That the bee-moth has multiplied most astonishingly, is undoubtedly true.

  • I heard the multiplied splendor of bells, roaring like the soft vociferations of far-off tropic seas.

    The Goddess of Atvatabar William R. Bradshaw
  • Testimony similar to the preceding might be multiplied to almost any extent.

    Popular Education Ira Mayhew
  • Probably the uncertain light deceived him and multiplied the actual score.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
British Dictionary definitions for multiplied


verb -plies, -plying, -plied
to increase or cause to increase in number, quantity, or degree
(transitive) to combine (two numbers or quantities) by multiplication
(intransitive) to increase in number by reproduction
Derived Forms
multipliable, multiplicable, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French multiplier, from Latin multiplicāre to multiply, from multus much, many + plicāre to fold
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Word Origin and History for multiplied



mid-12c., multeplier, "to cause to become many," from Old French multiplier, mouteplier (12c.) "increase, get bigger; flourish; breed; extend, enrich," from Latin multiplicare "to increase," from multiplex (genitive multiplicis) "having many folds, many times as great in number," from comb. form of multus (see multi-) + -plex "-fold," from PIE *plek- "to plait" (see ply (v.1.)). Mathematical sense is attested from late 14c. Related: Multiplied; multiplying.

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multiplied in Medicine

multiply mul·ti·ply (mŭl'tə-plī')
v. mul·ti·plied, mul·ti·ply·ing, mul·ti·plies

  1. To increase the amount, number, or degree of.

  2. To breed or propagate.

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multiplied in Science
To perform multiplication on a pair of quantities.
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