# multiply

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[ muhl-tuh-plahy ]
/ ˈmʌl təˌplaɪ /

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## Origin ofmultiply

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

## Definition for multiply (2 of 3)

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

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

## Origin ofmultiply

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First recorded in 1880–85; multiple + -ly

## Definition for multiply (3 of 3)

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

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

## Origin ofmulti-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

## Word Origin for multiply

C13: from Old French multiplier, from Latin multiplicāre to multiply, from multus much, many + plicāre to fold
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

## Medical definitions for multiply

multiply
[ mŭltə-plī′ ]

### v.

To increase the amount, number, or degree of.
To breed or propagate.