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[muhl-tuh-plahy] /ˈmʌl təˌplaɪ/
verb (used with object), multiplied, multiplying.
to make many or manifold; increase the number, quantity, etc., of.
Arithmetic. to find the product of by multiplication.
to breed (animals).
to propagate (plants).
to increase by procreation.
verb (used without object), multiplied, multiplying.
to grow in number, quantity, etc.; increase.
Arithmetic. to perform the process of multiplication.
to increase in number by procreation or natural generation.
Origin of multiply1
1225-75; Middle English multiplien < Old French multiplier < Latin multiplicāre. See multi-, ply2
Related forms
self-multiplied, adjective
self-multiplying, adjective
unmultiplied, adjective
unmultiplying, adjective
6. magnify, enlarge, intensify. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for multiplied
  • The guess is then that fraction multiplied by the number of airplanes in, say, the current ten- or fifteen-minute window.
  • But some of the viruses adapted to evade the defenders, sickened their host mice, and multiplied in number.
  • Your faults and weaknesses as a human being are amplified in a poker game, and your strengths are multiplied as well.
  • The only difference is, our population has multiplied, and graduate departments have grown accordingly.
  • Since then the columns have multiplied within the mammalian brain to make more powerful minds.
  • These animals have bred, and their populations have multiplied.
  • Through his network of contacts in following years, he multiplied that number by nine.
  • Taking a cue from their environment, the cells multiplied and divided into a new heart.
  • Imagine that same anxiety multiplied by scary weather or an unfamiliar environment.
  • But once they had a flat rate it multiplied, and totally transformed the postal service.
British Dictionary definitions for multiplied


verb -plies, -plying, -plied
to increase or cause to increase in number, quantity, or degree
(transitive) to combine (two numbers or quantities) by multiplication
(intransitive) to increase in number by reproduction
Derived Forms
multipliable, multiplicable, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French multiplier, from Latin multiplicāre to multiply, from multus much, many + plicāre to fold
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Word Origin and History for multiplied



mid-12c., multeplier, "to cause to become many," from Old French multiplier, mouteplier (12c.) "increase, get bigger; flourish; breed; extend, enrich," from Latin multiplicare "to increase," from multiplex (genitive multiplicis) "having many folds, many times as great in number," from comb. form of multus (see multi-) + -plex "-fold," from PIE *plek- "to plait" (see ply (v.1.)). Mathematical sense is attested from late 14c. Related: Multiplied; multiplying.

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multiplied in Medicine

multiply mul·ti·ply (mŭl'tə-plī')
v. mul·ti·plied, mul·ti·ply·ing, mul·ti·plies

  1. To increase the amount, number, or degree of.

  2. To breed or propagate.

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multiplied in Science
To perform multiplication on a pair of quantities.
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