Multiply vs Times - What's the difference?

multiply | times |

As verbs the difference between multiply and times

is that multiply is to increase the amount, degree or number of (something) while times is (time) or times can be (informal|arithmetic) to multiply.

As nouns the difference between multiply and times

is that multiply is (computer science) an act or instance of multiplying while times is (time).

As a adverb multiply

is in many or multiple ways.

As a preposition times is

product of the previous number and the following number.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) multiplier, from (etyl) . The noun presumably derives from the verb.


  • To increase the amount, degree or number of (something).
  • * Ames
  • Impunity will multiply motives to disobedience.
  • (arithmetic) To perform multiplication on (a number).
  • To grow in number.
  • To breed or propagate.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
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  • (arithmetic) To perform multiplication.
  • (rare) To be a factor in a multiplication with (another factor).
  • * 1983 , Graham Flegg, Numbers , 2002 edition, ISBN 0486421651, page 154 []:
  • This follows a similar process, counters having to be removed and replaced at each stage of the remaining part of the calculation except the final one, where 2 multiplies 3 to give 6.
  • * 1993 , Edward T. Dowling, (w, Schaum's Outline) of Theory and Problems of Mathematical Methods for Business and Economics , ISBN 0070176744, page 14 []:
  • Of all the possible combinations of factors above, only (2\cdot4)+(3\cdot5)=23. Carefully arranging the factors, therefore, to ensure that 2 multiplies' 4 and 3 ' multiplies 5, we have
  • *:: 6x^2+23x+20=(2x+5)(3x+4)
  • Synonyms
    * (l)


  • (computer science) An act or instance of multiplying.
  • Etymology 2



    (en adverb)
  • In many or multiple ways.
  • English heteronyms




  • English plurals
  • The circumstances of a certain time.
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  • A person's experiences or biography.
  • Derived terms

    * good times * keep up with the times * sign of the times * straitened times * times fixed charges * times-interest-earned ratio * Times


    (English prepositions)
  • Product of the previous number and the following number.
  • Four times five is twenty.
    One times one is one.

    Derived terms

    * times-or-divided-by * times sign * times table


  • (time)
  • Verb

  • (informal, arithmetic) To multiply.
  • * 1994 , Harvey Mellar, Learning with artificial worlds: computer-based modelling in the curriculum
  • I've taken the calories and the amount of food . . . and it's 410 calories per portion timesed by 6 portions which (SIC) the answer was 2460 calories...
  • * 1995 , Mathematical Association, The Australian mathematics teacher, Volumes 51-53
  • A student as junior as Year 4 informed me that he made a forward estimate of cheeses in 100 trials by 'timesing both numbers by 10'...
  • * 1998 , Psychology of mathematics education, Volume 2
  • Alex: Yeah - if you're timesing that distance there by this height, it will disappear.




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