[ muhl-ti-prawngd, -prongd ]


  1. having or composed of several prongs:

    a multipronged electric plug.

  2. of, relating to, or made by several separate forces or elements or from several directions or points of view:

    a multipronged assault on the enemy.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of multipronged1

First recorded in 1955–60; multi- + prong + -ed 3

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Example Sentences

Instead, a robust and innovative multipronged approach will be required.

From Time

I like Joe’s multipronged approach of using a salad spinner followed by patting dry on towels and then air-drying.

Edelman and Dove amplified the issue of hair discrimination and made a tangible impactEdelman and Dove, winners of Best PR Campaign, partnered to tackle the issue of race-based hair discrimination with a multipronged campaign.

From Digiday

The immune system launches a multipronged attack against invaders, so the response can handle small molecular tweaks to viruses, says Nina Luning Prak, an immunologist at the University of Pennsylvania.

The explosion was the beginning of a multipronged al-Shabab attack that left four Somali soldiers dead and several others wounded.

From Time

But then King stops, tilts his multipronged coif, and says, "Hey, Harold, you all right, man?"

His strategy for taking on the owners was a thing of beauty, a resilient, multipronged attack that would have made Sun Tzu proud.


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