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manifold (adj) many and of different types.
When you say that the benefits of a regular walking exercise are manifold, you mean that walking as an exercise has many benefits for the walker. The manifold uses of paper are the many uses of paper. A program has manifold purposes if the program is meant to achieve a number of things.
- The project has manifold purposes. While it serves to irrigate thousands of acres of land, it generates electric power, and prevents the river from flooding the areas on either bank.
- The developments in the field of electronics have opened before us manifold possibilities. Its many uses are very clearly seen, most importantly in the field of rocketry and telecommunications.