• enPR: mŭlʹtĭ-plī, IPA: /ˈmʌltɪplaɪ/

multiply (multiplies, present participle multiplying; past and past participle multiplied)

  1. (transitive) To increase the amount, degree or number of (something).
    • Impunity will multiply motives to disobedience.
    • 1843, Transactions of the Royal Entomological Society of London
      It would indeed be easy to multiply modern authorities respecting locustal food; one more authority shall suffice, from which it will appear that the Arabs make a sort of locust bread.
  2. (transitive, arithmetic, with by) To perform multiplication on (a number).
    when you multiply 3 by 7, you get 21;  he multiplied several numbers
  3. (intransitive) To grow in number.
  4. (intransitive) To breed or propagate.
  5. (intransitive, arithmetic) To perform multiplication.
    He had been multiplying, but it occurred to him he needed to resolve the exponents, first.
  6. (transitive, rare) To be a factor in a multiplication with (another factor).
    • 1983, Graham Flegg, Numbers, 2002 Dover edition, ISBN 0486421651, page 154 :
      This follows a similar process, counters having to be removed and replaced at each stage of the remaining part of the calculation except the final one, where 2 multiplies 3 to give 6.
    • 1993, Edward T. Dowling, Schaum's Outline of Theory and Problems of Mathematical Methods for Business and Economics, ISBN 0070176744, page 14 :
      Of all the possible combinations of factors above, only (2\cdot4)+(3\cdot5)=23. Carefully arranging the factors, therefore, to ensure that 2 multiplies 4 and 3 multiplies 5, we have
  • Synonyms: manifold
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  • French: faire la multiplication
  • Russian: умножа́ть
  • Spanish: multiplicar

multiply (plural multiplies)

  1. (computer science) An act or instance of multiplying.
    • 1975, Byte (issues 1-8, page 14)
      The extended instruction set may double the speed again if a lot of multiplies and divides are done.
  • enPR: mŭlʹtĭ-plē, IPA: /ˈmʌltɪpli/

multiply (not comparable)

  1. In many or multiple ways.

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