multiply

multiply
[[t]mʌ̱ltɪplaɪ[/t]]
multiplies, multiplying, multiplied
1) V-ERG When something multiplies or when you multiply it, it increases greatly in number or amount.

Such disputes multiplied in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries...

[V n] Her husband multiplied his demands on her time.

2) VERB When animals and insects multiply, they increase in number by giving birth to large numbers of young.

These creatures can multiply quickly.

3) VERB If you multiply one number by another, you add the first number to itself as many times as is indicated by the second number. For example 2 multiplied by 3 is equal to 6.

[V n by n] What do you get if you multiply six by nine?

[V pl-n] ...the remarkable ability to multiply huge numbers correctly without pen or paper.


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