times vs multiply : Common Errors in English

About times vs multiply

School children struggling with their times tables often say that they “times” one number by another. It’s “2 times 2,” but the mathematical operation being performed is not “timesing.” Some unfortunate folks carry this childish vocabulary into adulthood, continuing to use “times” as a verb meaning “multiply.” If you’re old enough to handle three-syllable words you can manage this one.

times Meaning(s)

  • (n) a more or less definite period of time now or previously present
  • (n) an arithmetic operation that is the inverse of division; the product of two numbers is computed

multiply Meaning(s)

  • (v) combine by multiplication
  • (v) combine or increase by multiplication
  • (v) have young (animals) or reproduce (organisms)
  • (v) have offspring or produce more individuals of a given animal or plant
  • (r) in several ways; in a multiple manner

times in News

  1. The New York Times Giveth to Anthony Weiner, and the Times Taketh Away

    Weeks after The New York Times Magazine helped Anthony Weiner launch his comeback campaign, its ink-and-paper sibling has fired a big shot into the side of it. And its not the same bombshell everyone is waiting for. 
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News

  2. Times Co.’s Thompson to Testify in Parliament on BBC

    The Times Company chief executive and former BBC head will be asked more questions about the now discontinued Digital Media Initiative.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: New York Times

  3. Times Leader wins 18 advertising awards

    The Times Leader won 18 awards and finished third in the overall (General Excellence) category in the Adver tising Excellence in Ken tucky Newspapers contest sponsored by Kentucky Press Association.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Princeton Times Leader

multiply in News

  1. 4K Monitors Starting to Come Into Focus

    Display choices expected to multiply by the end of the year
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Television Broadcast

  2. The Buccaneers Have Assembled a Contender, but Will the Fans Respond in Kind?

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' weaknesses have been addressed, their fans' frustrations heard loud and clear. They've added depth and subtracted distractions, which, in theory, should multiply their chances for success this fall. But while the Buccaneers have done their job and, on paper at least, will field a better, more competitive team this season, the question remains whether or not the fans ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Bleacher Report

  3. Moose multiply in Colo. as herds decline elsewhere

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. -- A dozen moose transplanted in 1978 found an ideal safe harbor in Colorado's high country, multiplying rapidly and migrating across mountains into South P…
    on June 9, 2013 Source: Provo Daily Herald

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