mul·ti·ply 1 (mŭltə-plī′)
v. mul·ti·plied, mul·ti·ply·ing, mul·ti·plies
1. To increase the amount, number, or degree of. See Synonyms at increase.
2. Mathematics To perform multiplication on.
1. To grow in amount, number, or degree: Shops multiplied along the main street.
2. To increase in number by reproducing: "The people increased both in the dales and the plains, and their horses multiplied" (J.R.R. Tolkien).
3. Mathematics To perform multiplication.
[Middle English multiplien, from Old French multiplier, from Latin multiplicāre, from multiplex, multiplex; see MULTIPLEX.]
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