Definition of multiple in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈməltəpəl/


1Having or involving several parts, elements, or members: multiple occupancy a multiple birth
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  • It is my misfortune to be living in a street in which there are several houses in multiple occupation.
  • The function of the banner-draped shading elements is multiple.
  • Friends, the multiple agency bill collection system in the city, has to be the most citizen-friendly outfit of the Government.
1.1Numerous and often varied: words with multiple meanings
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  • The season's riches also offer a chance to see favorite actors tackling very different roles in multiple movies.
  • Because children have different learning styles and multiple ways of knowing, they must be encouraged to find the form that best fits their individual styles.
  • The financial sector is a much different story, with multiple levels of lending and intermediation dictating that analysis is at least as much art as science.
numerous, many, various, different, diverse, several, manifold, multifarious, multitudinous
literary myriad, divers
1.2(Of a disease, injury, or disability) complex in its nature or effects, or affecting several parts of the body: a multiple fracture of the femur
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  • Heart failure is a complex syndrome that affects multiple organ systems and has a great impact on the lifestyle of patients.
  • In 2002 our intensive care unit cared for 183 unconscious patients with multiple injuries and experienced this clinical dilemma every other day.
  • A woman who was sitting in the front seat was taken to St James' Hospital suffering from multiple injuries.
1.3Of or designating an electrical circuit that has several points at which connection can occur.


1A number that can be divided by another number without a remainder: 15, 20, or any other multiple of five
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  • Any other number that leaves a remainder of 0 when divided by 7 must be a multiple of 7, so it can't be a prime.
  • However, the overall value of these firms would be a multiple of this figure.
  • Primitive Pythagorean triangles are a bit like prime numbers in that every integer is either prime or a multiple of a prime.
2An arrangement of terminals that allows connection with an electrical circuit at any one of several points.


Mid 17th century: from French, from late Latin multiplus, alteration of Latin multiplex (see multiplex).

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Syllabification: mul·ti·ple

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