What does multiply mean?

Definitions for multiply
ˈmʌl təˌplaɪmul·ti·ply

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. multiply(verb)

    combine by multiplication

    "multiply 10 by 15"

  2. multiply, manifold(verb)

    combine or increase by multiplication

    "He managed to multiply his profits"

  3. breed, multiply(verb)

    have young (animals) or reproduce (organisms)

    "pandas rarely breed in captivity"; "These bacteria reproduce"

  4. reproduce, procreate, multiply(adverb)

    have offspring or produce more individuals of a given animal or plant

    "The Bible tells people to procreate"

  5. multiply(adverb)

    in several ways; in a multiple manner

    "they were multiply checked for errors"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Multiply(verb)

    to increase in number; to make more numerous; to add quantity to

  2. Multiply(verb)

    to add (any given number or quantity) to itself a certain number of times; to find the product of by multiplication; thus 7 multiplied by 8 produces the number 56; to multiply two numbers. See the Note under Multiplication

  3. Multiply(verb)

    to increase (the amount of gold or silver) by the arts of alchemy

  4. Multiply(verb)

    to become greater in number; to become numerous

  5. Multiply(verb)

    to increase in extent and influence; to spread

  6. Multiply(verb)

    to increase amount of gold or silver by the arts of alchemy

  7. Origin: [F. multiplier, L. multiplicare, fr. multiplex manifold. See Multitude, Complex.]


  1. Multiply

    Multiply is an album by Jamie Lidell on Warp Records. Unusually for Warp, which for many years released mainly electronic music, the album has much in common with soul and funk music.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Multiply

    mul′ti-plī, v.t. to fold or increase many times: to make more numerous: to repeat any given number or quantity as often as there are units in another number.—v.i. to increase: to perform the arithmetical process of multiplication:—pr.p. mul′tiplying; pa.t. and pa.p. mul′tiplied.adjs. Mul′tiplex, having many folds: manifold: (bot.) with petals lying in folds over each other; Multiplī′able, Mul′tiplicable, that may be multiplied.—n. Mul′tiplicand, a number or quantity to be multiplied by another.—adj. Mul′tiplicāte, consisting of more than one: (bot.) multifold.—n. Multiplicā′tion, the act of multiplying or increasing in number: the rule or operation by which any given number or quantity is multiplied.—adj. Mul′tiplicātive, tending to multiply: having the power to multiply.—ns. Multiplic′ity, the state of being multiplied or various: a great number: Mul′tiplier, Mul′tiplicātor, one who, or that which, multiplies or increases the number or quantity by which another is multiplied.—Multiplication table, a tabular arrangement giving the products of pairs of numbers from 1 to 12.—Multiplying glass, lens, a glass, lens, with a number of facets, causing an object to appear multiplied many times. [Fr.,—L. multiplex. See Multiple.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'multiply' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2972

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    Rank popularity for the word 'multiply' in Verbs Frequency: #986

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of multiply in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of multiply in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of multiply in a Sentence

  1. Sun-tzu:

    Opportunities multiply as they are seized.

  2. Brian Fallon:

    As the number of intelligence community lawyers multiply here.

  3. Children's Defense Fund:

    Will your child learn to multiply before she learns to subtract

  4. Winnie Byanyima:

    We can't keep doing what we always did when their problems multiply.

  5. Oscar Wilde:

    What people call insincerity is simply a method by which we can multiply our personalities.

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