What does multiply mean?

Definitions for multiply
ˈmʌl təˌplaɪmul·ti·p·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. multiplyverb

    combine by multiplication

    "multiply 10 by 15"

  2. multiply, manifoldverb

    combine or increase by multiplication

    "He managed to multiply his profits"

  3. breed, multiplyverb

    have young (animals) or reproduce (organisms)

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

  4. reproduce, procreate, multiplyadverb

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

    "The Bible tells people to procreate"

  5. multiplyadverb

    in several ways; in a multiple manner

    "they were multiply checked for errors"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To MULTIPLYverb

    Etymology: multiplier, Fr. multiplico, Lat.

    He clappeth his hands amongst us, and multiplieth his words against God. Job xxxiv. 37.

    He shall not multiply horses. Deut. xvii. 16.

    His birth to our just fear gave no small cause,
    But his growth now to youth’s full flower displaying
    All virtue, grace, and wisdom, to atchieve
    Things highest, greatest, multiplies my fears. John Milton.

    From one stock of seven hundred years, multiplying still by twenty, we shall find the product to be one thousand three hundred forty-seven millions three hundred sixty-eight thousand four hundred and twenty. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Err. b. vi.

  2. To Multiplyverb

    The multiplying brood of the ungodly shall not thrive. Wisd. iv. 3.

    The multiplying villanies of nature
    Do swarm upon him. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    We see the infinitely fruitful and productive power of this way of sinning; how it can increase and multiply beyond all bounds and measures of actual commission. Robert South, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Multiplyverb

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

  2. Multiplyverb

    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. Multiplyverb

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

  4. Multiplyverb

    to become greater in number; to become numerous

  5. Multiplyverb

    to increase in extent and influence; to spread

  6. Multiplyverb

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

  7. Etymology: [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. Children's Defense Fund:

    Will your child learn to multiply before she learns to subtract

  2. Pope Francis:

    This is a disease of people who seek tirelessly to multiply power only aimed at calumny, and to defame and discredit others.

  3. Cyril Connolly:

    The English masses are lovable: they are kind, decent, tolerant, practical and not stupid. The tragedy is that they are too many of them, and that they are aimless, having outgrown the servile functions for which they were encouraged to multiply. One day these huge crowds will have to seize power because there will be nothing else for them to do, and yet they neither demand power nor are ready to make use of it; they will learn only to be bored in a new way.

  4. Joe Taravella:

    Dr. Joe Taravella, a licensed clinical psychologist at New York University Langone Medical Center’s Rusk Rehabilitation, told FoxNews.com. It’s when those fears turn into phobias that trouble begins. When we have a phobia, it's a very significant and intense fear, so, take that fear and multiply it by 100 and, it is so intense that people sometimes feel like they're having a panic attack, they're going to die. Some research has found that as many as one in 10 people suffer from a severe weather-related phobia. Experts agree that one of the best steps you can take to lessen anxiety is to make a plan — the logic being that you ca n’t change the weather, but you can change the way you react to it.

  5. Matteo Renzi:

    We need to create political decision makers. It isn't by multiplying posts that you multiply democracy.

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    a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion
    • A. tranquillity
    • B. rapture
    • C. fancy
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