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adjective dou·ble \ˈdə-bəl\

Simple Definition of double

  • : made of two parts that are similar or exactly the same

  • : having two very different parts or qualities

  • : of a size that is twice as big as usual : of an amount that is twice as much as usual

Full Definition of double

  1. 1 :  having a twofold relation or character :  dual

  2. 2 :  consisting of two usually combined members or parts <an egg with a double yolk>

  3. 3 a :  being twice as great or as many <double the number of expected applicants> b of a coin :  worth two of the specified amount <a double eagle> <a double crown>

  4. 4 :  marked by duplicity :  deceitful

  5. 5 :  folded in two

  6. 6 :  of extra size, strength, or value <a double martini>

  7. 7 :  having more than the normal number of floral leaves often at the expense of the sporophylls

  8. 8 of rhyme :  involving correspondence of two syllables (as in exciting and inviting)

  9. 9 :  designed for the use of two persons <a double room> <a double bed>

dou·ble·ness noun

Examples of double

  1. One of the eggs had a double yolk.

  2. The truck crossed the double yellow line and entered the other lane.

  3. My name is Allison, with a double l.

  4. Go through those double doors and walk to the end of the hall.

  5. I'll have a double espresso, please.

  6. a double dose of medicine

  7. a double order of fries

Origin of double

Middle English, from Anglo-French duble, double, from Latin duplus (akin to Greek diploos), from duo two + -plus multiplied by; akin to Old English -feald -fold — more at two, -fold

First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with double



verb dou·ble

Simple Definition of double

  • : to cause (something) to become two times as great or as many

  • : to become two times as great or as many

  • : to have a second job or use

Full Definition of double

dou·bleddou·bling play \ˈdə-b(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make twice as great or as many: as a :  to increase by adding an equal amount b :  to amount to twice the number of c :  to make a call in bridge that increases the value of odd tricks or undertricks at (an opponent's bid)

  3. 2 a :  to bend or fold (as a sheet of paper) usually in the middle so that one part lies directly against the other part b :  clench <doubled his fist> c :  to cause to stoop

  4. 3 :  to avoid by doubling :  elude

  5. 4 a :  to replace in a dramatic role b :  to play (dramatic roles) by doubling

  6. 5 a (1) :  to advance or score (a base runner) by a double (2) :  to bring about the scoring of (a run) by a double b :  to put out (a base runner) in completing a double play

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 a :  to become twice as much or as many b :  to double a bid (as in bridge)

  9. 2 a :  to turn sharply and suddenly; especially :  to turn back on one's course <the rabbit doubled back on its tracks> b :  to follow a circuitous course

  10. 3 :  to become bent or folded usually in the middle —usually used with up <she doubled up in pain>

  11. 4 a :  to serve an additional purpose or perform an additional duty b :  to play a dramatic role as a double

  12. 5 :  to make a double in baseball

dou·bler play \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of double

  1. We all doubled over laughing.

  2. He doubled up in pain.

13th Century

First Known Use of double

13th century



adverb dou·ble

Simple Definition of double

  • : two times as many or as much

  • : two times

Full Definition of double

  1. 1 :  to twice the extent or amount

  2. 2 :  two together <the children had to sleep double>

  3. 3 :  downward and forward from the usual position <he was bent double with pain>

Examples of double

  1. <raced to his side double quick>

14th Century

First Known Use of double

14th century



noun dou·ble

Simple Definition of double

  • : something that is two times the usual size, strength, or amount

  • : someone who looks very much like another person

  • : a person who looks like an actor and takes the actor's place in some scenes in a movie or TV show

Full Definition of double

  1. 1 :  something twice the usual size, strength, speed, quantity, or value: as a :  a double amount b :  a base hit that enables the batter to reach second base

  2. 2 :  one that is the counterpart of another :  duplicate: as a :  a living person that closely resembles another living person b :  wraith c (1) :  understudy (2) :  one who resembles an actor and takes his or her place especially in scenes calling for special skills (3) :  an actor who plays more than one role in a production

  3. 3 a :  a sharp turn (as in running) :  reversal b :  an evasive shift

  4. 4 :  something consisting of two paired members: as a :  fold b :  a combined bet placed on two different contests c :  two consecutive strikes in bowling

  5. 5 plural :  a game between two pairs of players

  6. 6 :  an act of doubling in a card game

  7. 7 :  a room (as in a hotel) for two guests — compare single 4

on the double
  1. :  very quickly :  right away

Examples of double

  1. I'll have one more glass of vodka. Make it a double, please.

  2. People often tell me that I'm his double.

  3. The actress's double did all of the dangerous scenes.

  4. Can you tell if it's the actor or his double in that shot?

  5. He hit a double in the eighth inning.

14th Century

First Known Use of double

14th century

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