Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To increase the amount, number, or degree of.
  • transitive v. Mathematics To perform multiplication on.
  • intransitive v. To grow in amount, number, or degree. See Synonyms at increase.
  • intransitive v. To breed or propagate.
  • intransitive v. Mathematics To perform multiplication.
  • adv. In many or multiple ways.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In many or multiple ways.
  • v. To increase the amount, degree or number of (something).
  • v. To perform multiplication on (a number).
  • v. To grow in number.
  • v. To breed or propagate.
  • v. To perform multiplication.
  • v. To be a factor in a multiplication with (another factor).
  • n. An act or instance of multiplying.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To become greater in number; to become numerous.
  • intransitive v. To increase in extent and influence; to spread.
  • intransitive v. To increase amount of gold or silver by the arts of alchemy.
  • transitive v. To increase in number; to make more numerous; to add quantity to.
  • transitive v. To add (any given number or quantity) to itself a certain number of times; to find the product of by multiplication. See the Note under Multiplication.
  • transitive v. To increase (the amount of gold or silver) by the arts of alchemy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make manifold; increase in number or quantity; make more by natural generation or reproduction, or by accumulation, addition, or repetition: as, to multiply men or horses; to multiply evils.
  • In arithmetic, to perform the operation of multiplication upon. See multiplication, 2.
  • To increase (the precious metals) by alchemical means. See multiplication, 3.
  • To grow or increase in number or extent; extend; spread.
  • In arithmetic, to perform the process of multiplication. See multiplication, 2.
  • To increase gold or silver by alchemical means.
  • In a manifold way.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. combine by multiplication
  • v. have young (animals) or reproduce (organisms)
  • v. have offspring or produce more individuals of a given animal or plant
  • v. combine or increase by multiplication
  • adv. in several ways; in a multiple manner

Etymologies

Middle English multiplien, from Old French multiplier, from Latin multiplicāre, from multiplex, multiplex; see multiplex.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French multiplier, from Latin multiplicō, from multi ("many") + plicō ("I fold"). (Wiktionary)
multiple +‎ -ly. (Wiktionary)

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  • (Mul-ti-PLY) perform an operation in arithemtic
    (MUL-ti-Plee) More than once

    March 27, 2007