- 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.
multiply
transitive verb
multiplied, multiplying- to cause to increase in number, amount, extent, or degree
- Math. to find the product of by multiplication
Origin of multiply
Middle English multiplien ; from Old French multiplier ; from Classical Latin multiplicare ; from multiplex, multipleintransitive verb
- to increase in number, amount, extent, or degree; specif., to increase by procreation
- Math. to perform multiplication
adverb
in multiple ways
multiply
verb
mul·ti·plied, mul·ti·ply·ing, mul·ti·pliesverb
, transitive- To increase the amount, number, or degree of. See Synonyms at increase.
- Mathematics To perform multiplication on.
verb
, intransitive- 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 multiply
Middle English multiplien, from Old French multiplier, from Latin multiplicāre, from multiplex, multiplex; see multiplex.
adverb
In many or multiple ways.
multiply
Verb
(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).
- demultiply
- multiplicand
- multiplier
- remultiplication
Noun
(plural multiplies)
- (computer science) An act or instance of multiplying.
Origin
From Old French multiplier, from Latin multiplicō, from multi (“many”) + plicō (“I fold”).
The noun presumably derives from the verb.