Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

multi-

More than one; many.

[Latin multus, much, many.]

A few words derive directly from Latin—examples are multitude, multiply, multifarious (of many and various types), and multiplex (consisting of many elements in a complex relationship). Many others have been created on English stems, especially in the past century, and the form is very active. A few examples: multicultural, of several cultural or ethnic groups within a society; multidisciplinary, combining or involving several academic disciplines or professional specializations; multi-faith, involving or characterized by a variety of religions; multilingual, involving several languages; multimillionaire, a person with assets worth several million pounds or dollars; multiracial, made up of or relating to people of many races.

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