multi-(disciplined/pronged) approach


1. a combination of various ideas or methods, using numerous skill-sets






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a multi-disciplined approach to research, multi-pronged approach to the problem/issue

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Something 'multi-disciplined' is a coming together of a number of different branches of learning. Something 'multi-pronged' is considered to have multiple separate branches or elements. A multi-disciplined or multi-pronged approach, therefore, involves drawing from various separate areas of knowledge and bringing them together to create a new way of tackling a problem or coming up with a solution. An example might be in healthcare, bringing together medical, psychological, pharmaceutical and the patients' own needs to approach or design a plan of care or recovery. You will hear this term most often used in professional contexts. Similar meaning phrases include 'multi-faceted approach', 'holistic approach', and 'multi-dimensional approach.'

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  1. It's becoming more popular in universities to encourage multi-disciplined approaches to research.
  2. She's not just an excellent musician but a multi-disciplined artist who paints, creates installations and writes poetry.

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  1. The problem was too complex to deal with in any one way. The company would need to take a multi-pronged approach to solving it.
  2. To introduce their product into the Chinese market, the business needed to adopt a multi-pronged strategy that encompassed Sales, Marketing, and Distribution.

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