# multiply

## multi-ply

[muhl-tee-plahy, muhl-tahy-]
having or composed of several plies: a multi-ply fabric.

Origin:
1935–40

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## multiply

1 [muhl-tuh-plahy]
verb (used with object), multiplied, multiplying.
1.
to make many or manifold; increase the number, quantity, etc., of.
2.
Arithmetic. to find the product of by multiplication.
3.
to breed (animals).
4.
to propagate (plants).
5.
to increase by procreation.
verb (used without object), multiplied, multiplying.
6.
to grow in number, quantity, etc.; increase.
7.
Arithmetic. to perform the process of multiplication.
8.
to increase in number by procreation or natural generation.

Origin:
1225–75; Middle English multiplien < Old French multiplier < Latin multiplicāre. See multi-, ply2

6. magnify, enlarge, intensify.

## multiply

2 [muhl-tuh-plee]
in several or many ways; in a multiple manner; manifoldly.

Origin:
1880–85; multiple + -ly

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 multiple (ˈmʌltɪpəl) —adj 1. having or involving more than one part, individual, etc: he had multiple injuries 2. (US), (Canadian) electronics (of a circuit) having a number of conductors in parallel —n 3. the product of a given number or polynomial and any other one: 6 is a multiple of 2 4. telephony an electrical circuit accessible at a number of points to any one of which a connection can be made 5. short for multiple store [C17: via French from Late Latin multiplus, from Latin multiplex] 'multiply —adv

 multiply (ˈmʌltɪˌplaɪ) —vb , -plies, -plying, -plied 1. to increase or cause to increase in number, quantity, or degree 2. (tr) to combine (two numbers or quantities) by multiplication 3. (intr) to increase in number by reproduction [C13: from Old French multiplier, from Latin multiplicāre to multiply, from multus much, many + plicāre to fold] 'multipliable —adj 'multiplicable —adj

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multiply
mid-12c., "to cause to become many," from O.Fr. multiplier, from L. multiplicare "to increase," from multiplex (gen. multiplicis) "having many folds, many times as great in number," from multi- "many" + base of plicare "to fold" see ply (v.)). Mathematical sense is attested
from late 14c. Related: Multiplier.
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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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 multiply   (mŭl'tə-plī')  Pronunciation Key  To perform multiplication on a pair of quantities.
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