- Multiply means in many ways.
An example of multiply used as an adverb is in the phrase "multiply exercising," which means a number of ways of exercising.
- Multiply is defined as to cause to increase in number or degree.
An example of multiply is for a rabbit to continue having babies.
transitive verb-·plied·, -·ply·ing
- to cause to increase in number, amount, extent, or degree
- Math. to find the product of by multiplication
Origin of multiplyMiddle English multiplien from Old French multiplier from Classical Latin multiplicare from multiplex, multiple
- to increase in number, amount, extent, or degree; specif., to increase by procreation
- Math. to perform multiplication
Origin of multiplymultiple + -ly
verbmul·ti·plied, mul·ti·ply·ing, mul·ti·plies
- To increase the amount, number, or degree of. See Synonyms at increase.
- Mathematics To perform multiplication on.
- To grow in amount, number, or degree: Shops multiplied along the main street.
- To increase in number by reproducing: “The people increased both in the dales and the plains, and their horses multiplied” ( J.R.R. Tolkien )
- Mathematics To perform multiplication.
Origin of multiplyMiddle English multiplien from Old French multiplier from Latin multiplicāre from multiplex multiplex ; see multiplex .
(third-person singular simple present multiplies, present participle multiplying, simple past and past participle multiplied)
- To increase the amount, degree or number of (something).
- (arithmetic) To perform multiplication on (a number).
- when you multiply 3 by 7, you get 21; he multiplied several numbers
- (intransitive) To grow in number.
- (intransitive) To breed or propagate.
- (intransitive, arithmetic) To perform multiplication.
- He had been multiplying, but it occurred to him he needed to resolve the exponents, first.
- (rare) To be a factor in a multiplication with (another fact).
- (computer science) An act or instance of multiplying.
The noun presumably derives from the verb.
multiple +"Ž -ly.