August 13, 2021
Learner's Word of the Day
multiply /ˈmʌltəˌplaɪ/ verb
multiply
/ˈmʌltəˌplaɪ/
verb

multiplies; multiplied; multiplying

Rabbits multiply quickly.
Rabbits multiply quickly.
Learner's definition of MULTIPLY

1 a [no object] : to increase greatly in number or amount : to become much more numerous

  • Complaints about the new procedure soon multiplied.

  • Her responsibilities multiplied when she was promoted.

b [+ object] : to cause (something) to increase greatly in number or amount

  • Her responsibilities were multiplied by the promotion.

2 [no object] : to increase in number by reproducing

  • The bacteria multiply rapidly in warm, moist conditions.

3 mathematics : to add a number to itself a certain number of times

[+ object]

  • If you multiply 5 by 2 you get 10. = If you multiply 5 and 2 (together) you get 10. = 5 multiplied by 2 equals 10.

[no object]

  • The teacher taught the children how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide.

— compare divide

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