**Multiplicity**

How many times a particular number is a zero for a given polynomial. For example, in the polynomial function*f*(*x*) = (*x* – 3)^{4}(*x* – 5)(*x* – 8)^{2}, the zero 3 has multiplicity 4, 5 has multiplicity 1, and 8 has multiplicity 2. Although this polynomial has only three zeros, we say that it has seven zeros counting multiplicity.

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