# multiply

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- 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 multiply

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## Synonyms for multiply

See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com## multiply

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

## Origin of multiply

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## multi-ply

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

## Origin of multi-ply

## Related Words for multiply

proliferate, augment, magnify, heighten, breed, enlarge, spread, propagate, accumulate, boost, generate, expand, cube, manifold, raise, extend, double, mount, rise, produce## Examples from the Web for multiply

### Contemporary Examples of multiply

A flamboyant, multi-titled, multiply married royal to remember, the Duchess of Alba died Thursday at the age of 88.

Multiply that number by 365 and you get more than 30,000 families who suffer from gun violence over the course of a year.

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.

### Historical Examples of multiply

Obstacles will only increase his eagerness and multiply his artifices.

PhilotheaLydia Maria Child

If you are wise and old and gray in woods experience, you will multiply that length by four.

The ForestStewart Edward White

On the contrary, the fit should be urged to multiply as much as possible.

The Sexual QuestionAugust Forel

It is more easy to mention the types which should not be allowed to multiply than those which should.

The Sexual QuestionAugust Forel

I'm about to tell you how you can multiply yours considerable.

Old Man CurryCharles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

## multiply

- 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 for multiply

## 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.

## multi-ply

## multiply

(mŭl′tə-plī′)- To increase the amount, number, or degree of.
- To breed or propagate.

## multiply

- To perform multiplication on a pair of quantities.