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English definition of “multiply”

multiply

verb [I or T]     /ˈmʌl.tɪ.plaɪ/ US  /-t̬ɪ-/
to increase very much in number, or (in mathematics) to add a number to itself a particular number of times: In warm weather these germs multiply rapidly. If you multiply seven by 15 you get 105. → Compare add, divide verb, subtractIncreasing and intensifyingAddition, subtraction, multiplication and divisionCalculations and calculating multiplication     /ˌmʌl.tɪ.plɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ US  /-t̬ɪ-/ noun [U] Addition, subtraction, multiplication and divisionCalculations and calculating
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