multiply

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[ muhl-tuh-plahy ]
/ ˈmʌl təˌplaɪ /

verb (used with object), mul·ti·plied, mul·ti·ply·ing.

verb (used without object), mul·ti·plied, mul·ti·ply·ing.

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Origin of multiply

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1225–75; Middle English multiplien < Old French multiplier < Latin multiplicāre. See multi-, ply2

OTHER WORDS FROM multiply

self-mul·ti·plied, adjectiveself-mul·ti·ply·ing, adjectiveun·mul·ti·plied, adjectiveun·mul·ti·ply·ing, adjective

Definition for multiply (2 of 3)

multiply2
[ muhl-tuh-plee ]
/ ˈmʌl tə pli /

adverb

in several or many ways; in a multiple manner; manifoldly.

Origin of multiply

2
First recorded in 1880–85; multiple + -ly

Definition for multiply (3 of 3)

multi-ply
[ muhl-tee-plahy, muhl-tahy- ]
/ ˌmʌl tiˈplaɪ, ˌmʌl taɪ- /

adjective

having or composed of several plies: a multi-ply fabric.

Origin of multi-ply

First recorded in 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for multiply

multiply
/ (ˈmʌltɪˌplaɪ) /

verb -plies, -plying or -plied

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

Derived forms of multiply

multipliable or multiplicable, adjective

Word Origin for multiply

C13: from Old French multiplier, from Latin multiplicāre to multiply, from multus much, many + plicāre to fold
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Medical definitions for multiply

multiply
[ mŭltə-plī′ ]

v.

To increase the amount, number, or degree of.
To breed or propagate.
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Scientific definitions for multiply

multiply
[ mŭltə-plī′ ]

To perform multiplication on a pair of quantities.
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