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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.
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 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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