plic-, pli- plect-, plec-, plici-, -plex, -plexity, -plexus,
-ple, -pli, -plic, -plicat, -plicit, -plicate, -plication, -ply
(Latin: plicare, plecare, to fold, bend, curve, turn, twine, twist, interweave, weave)
The plight of the people in the drought-stricken area has not improved their situation.
2. Etymology: from Latin plicitumpast participle of plicare, "to fold."
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2. To multiply by four: Ted's supervisor told the committee that they must quadruplicate their efforts in order to complete the assignment on time.
The phrase in a music composition is repeated or reduplicated quite often and the listener can usually recognize it each time.2. To reproduce an element of a word precisely or with a small change: Monika reduplicated some linguistic elements of words to make her short story more interesting and expressive; for example, teeny-weeny, see-saw, and chitchat. 3. To make identical copies of the same thing that has been done previously: The writer of the short autobiography had the printer reduplicate his composition because more people wanted copies than he had anticipated.
2. A very close copy of a work of art; especially, one that is made, authorized, or supervised by the original artist: When a fire destroyed part of the local art museum, Jerome was asked to make replicas of his paintings to replace those that burned up.