- 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.
- 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
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- in several or many ways; in a multiple manner; manifoldly.
Origin of multiply2
- having or composed of several plies: a multi-ply fabric.
Origin of multi-ply
Examples from the Web for multiply
A flamboyant, multi-titled, multiply married royal to remember, the Duchess of Alba died Thursday at the age of 88.Adiós to the Diva Duchess
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 20, 2014
Multiply that number by 365 and you get more than 30,000 families who suffer from gun violence over the course of a year.Joe the Plumber’s ‘Dead Kid’ Callousness
May 29, 2014
And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
As the search for Flight 370 continues, conspiracy theories are sure to multiply and evolve.The Craziest Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Conspiracy Theories
March 13, 2014
Obstacles will only increase his eagerness and multiply his artifices.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
If you are wise and old and gray in woods experience, you will multiply that length by four.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
On the contrary, the fit should be urged to multiply as much as possible.
It is more easy to mention the types which should not be allowed to multiply than those which should.
I'm about to tell you how you can multiply yours considerable.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
- to increase or cause to increase in number, quantity, or degree
- (tr) to combine (two numbers or quantities) by multiplication
- (intr) to increase in number by reproduction
Word Origin and History for multiply
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.
- To increase the amount, number, or degree of.
- To breed or propagate.
- To perform multiplication on a pair of quantities.