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English adverb: multiply

1. multiply in several ways; in a multiple manner

SamplesThey were multiply checked for errors.


English verb: multiply

1. multiply (cognition) combine by multiplication

SamplesMultiply 10 by 15.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out

Narrower (hyponym)cube, raise, square

Domain categoryarithmetic

Antonymsfraction, divide

2. multiply (change) combine or increase by multiplication

SamplesHe managed to multiply his profits.

ExamplesThey multiply their earnings this year, Their earnings multiply this year


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)increase

Narrower (hyponym)double, duplicate, proliferate, quadruple, quintuple, treble, triple

3. multiply (body) have young (animals) or reproduce (organisms)

SamplesPandas rarely breed in captivity.
These bacteria reproduce.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)multiply, procreate, reproduce

Narrower (hyponym)pullulate

4. multiply (body) have offspring or produce more individuals of a given animal or plant

SamplesThe Bible tells people to procreate.

Synonymsprocreate, reproduce

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)create, make

Narrower (hyponym)breed, brood, cover, fructify, hatch, incubate, multiply, propagate, set

Domain categorybiological science, biology

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