Antonyms for multiply

Grammar : Verb
Spell : muhl-tuh-plahy
Phonetic Transcription : ˈmʌl təˌplaɪ

Definition of multiply

Origin :
  • mid-12c., multeplier, "to cause to become many," from Old French multiplier, mouteplier (12c.) "increase, get bigger; flourish; breed; extend, enrich," from Latin multiplicare "to increase," from multiplex (genitive multiplicis) "having many folds, many times as great in number," from comb. form of multus (see multi-) + -plex "-fold," from PIE *plek- "to plait" (see ply (v.1.)). Mathematical sense is attested from late 14c. Related: Multiplied; multiplying.
  • verb increase; reproduce
Example sentences :
  • Obstacles will only increase his eagerness and multiply his artifices.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • If you are wise and old and gray in woods experience, you will multiply that length by four.
  • Extract from : « The Forest » by Stewart Edward White
  • On the contrary, the fit should be urged to multiply as much as possible.
  • Extract from : « The Sexual Question » by August Forel
  • It is more easy to mention the types which should not be allowed to multiply than those which should.
  • Extract from : « The Sexual Question » by August Forel
  • I'm about to tell you how you can multiply yours considerable.
  • Extract from : « Old Man Curry » by Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • They cling on, they multiply, they live in spite of everything.
  • Extract from : « Abbe Mouret's Transgression » by Emile Zola
  • The diseases of a State are like the heads of a hydra; they multiply when they are cut off.
  • Extract from : « The Republic » by Plato
  • So do you multiply your presence, or spread yourself throughout your estate.
  • Extract from : « Essays, First Series » by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • When mankind began to multiply, many other cities were built in similar situations.
  • Extract from : « Laws » by Plato
  • Not only can these creatures multiply in this fashion, but they can multiply by buds.
  • Extract from : « Coral and Coral Reefs » by Thomas H. Huxley

Synonyms for multiply

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