What does multiply mean?

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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.


  1. multiply

    Multiplication (often denoted by the cross symbol ×, by the mid-line dot operator ⋅, by juxtaposition, or, on computers, by an asterisk *) is one of the four elementary mathematical operations of arithmetic, with the other ones being addition, subtraction, and division. The result of a multiplication operation is called a product. The multiplication of whole numbers may be thought of as repeated addition; that is, the multiplication of two numbers is equivalent to adding as many copies of one of them, the multiplicand, as the quantity of the other one, the multiplier. Both numbers can be referred to as factors. a × b = b + ⋯ + b ⏟ a times {\displaystyle a\times b=\underbrace {b+\cdots +b} _{a{\text{ times}}}} For example, 4 multiplied by 3, often written as 3 × 4 {\displaystyle 3\times 4} and spoken as "3 times 4", can be calculated by adding 3 copies of 4 together:


  1. multiply

    Multiply, in mathematical terms, means to combine a certain number (called a factor) with itself a specified number of times, resulting in a product. It is essentially repeated addition. For example, multiplying 3 by 4 (3x4) means you are adding three together four times (3+3+3+3), which equals 12. It is one of the four basic operations in arithmetic, along with addition, subtraction, and division.

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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  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. Michael Auslin:

    Their lifestyle is literally inconceivable for the vast majority of humanity, it's lavish, beyond belief. Take everything you can imagine in the lifestyles of the rich and famous and multiply it.

  2. Howard Kern:

    Think of the nicest person that you know, then multiply that by five, he worked so hard to support himself. Unfortunately, we dont know enough to say what happened or what didnt happen.

  3. Steve Ballmer:

    Government today spends about $ 240 billion a year, if you take that, multiply it by 10, you're close to the 2 trillion.

  4. Asya Engovatova:

    These people were killed, and their bodies remained lying in the snow for a fairly long time, in April or May, flies started to multiply on the remains, and in late May or early June, they were buried in a pit on the homestead, which is where they probably had lived.

  5. Wesley D'Amico:

    If you want to work, get up early, if you want to earn money, learn to invest, if you want to get rich, multiply your investments, if you want to become a millionaire or billionaire, know that greed can make you bankrupt.

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