double

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adjective

dou·​ble ˈdə-bəl How to pronounce double (audio)
1
: having a twofold relation or character : dual
2
: consisting of two usually combined members or parts
an egg with a double yolk
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
: marked by duplicity : deceitful
5
: folded in two
6
: of extra size, strength, or value
a double martini
7
: having more than the normal number of floral leaves often at the expense of the sporophylls
8
of rhyme : involving correspondence of two syllables (as in exciting and inviting)
9
: designed for the use of two persons
a double room
a double bed
doubleness noun

double

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verb

doubled; doubling ˈdə-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce double (audio)

transitive verb

1
: to make twice as great or as many: such 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)
2
a
: to bend or fold (something, such 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
3
: to avoid by doubling : elude
4
a
: to replace in a dramatic role
b
: to play (dramatic roles) by doubling
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
6
: double-team
Jackson's absence was supposed to allow defenses to double Gates. Jim Trotter

intransitive verb

1
a
: to become twice as much or as many
b
: to double a bid (as in bridge)
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
3
: to become bent or folded usually in the middle
usually used with up
she doubled up in pain
4
a
: to serve an additional purpose or perform an additional duty
b
: to play a dramatic role as a double
5
: to make a double in baseball
doubler noun

double

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adverb

1
: to twice the extent or amount
2
: two together
the children had to sleep double
3
: downward and forward from the usual position
he was bent double with pain

double

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noun

1
: something twice the usual size, strength, speed, quantity, or value: such as
a
: a double amount
b
: a base hit that enables the batter to reach second base
2
: one that is the counterpart of another : duplicate: such as
a
: a living person that closely resembles another living person
b
: wraith
c(1)
(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
a
: a sharp turn (as in running) : reversal
b
: an evasive shift
4
: something consisting of two paired members: such as
a
: fold
b
: a combined bet placed on two different contests
c
: two consecutive strikes in bowling
5
doubles plural : a game between two pairs of players
6
: an act of doubling in a card game
7
: a room (as in a hotel) for two guests compare single sense 4
Phrases
on the double
: very quickly : right away

Example Sentences

Adjective One of the eggs had a double yolk. The truck crossed the double yellow line and entered the other lane. My name is “Allison,” with a double “l.” Go through those double doors and walk to the end of the hall. I'll have a double espresso, please. a double dose of medicine a double order of fries Verb We all doubled over laughing. He doubled up in pain. Adverb raced to his side double quick Noun I'll have one more glass of vodka. Make it a double, please. People often tell me that I'm his double. The actress's double did all of the dangerous scenes. Can you tell if it's the actor or his double in that shot? He hit a double in the eighth inning. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Two plays later, Jones scored up the middle from 2 yards to extend the Trojans' lead to double digits. Joe Reedy, ajc, 20 Nov. 2022 The number of Democratic voters who believe that Joe Biden could win the 2024 White House race has jumped to 71%, up by double digits from the 60% who felt that way in a poll taken in August. Susan Page, USA TODAY, 20 Nov. 2022 The bright yellow blade features large numbers and double-sided markings. Molly Blanco, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Nov. 2022 The 6-amp motor provides plenty of power, propelling the double-sided HSS blades up to 17,000 rpm. Alex Rennie, Popular Mechanics, 18 Nov. 2022 This long-lasting, double-sided sponge is made with antimicrobial materials that keep it smelling fresher, longer. Tiffany Hopkins, Bon Appétit, 17 Nov. 2022 This gift wrap, which is printed in sheets, is not only double-sided to maximize the possibilities for use, but it is also printed on recycled newsprint material. Brigitt Earley, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2022 The 4,,016-square-foot house on 0.55 acres of land has four bedrooms, four full bathrooms and one half bathroom, a two-car garage, a double-sided fireplace and an outdoor in-ground swimming pool and spa. Mary Carole Mccauley, Baltimore Sun, 9 Nov. 2022 This five-bedroom home has floor-to-ceiling windows, detailed high ceilings, living and dining rooms joined by a double-sided fireplace, a primary and four guest suites, a professional office, and a gym. The Week Staff, The Week, 6 Nov. 2022
Verb
For the past few years, the U.S. has been adding around 20 gigawatts of solar capacity a year—enough to power around 3.6 million homes—and some forecasters say that number could double in the next decade. Phred Dvorak, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2022 On pay, for instance, graduate students — who serve as teaching assistants, tutors and readers — are demanding $54,000 annually, a wage increase that would more than double their average current pay of about $24,000. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2022 In 1981, mortgage rates rose to double digits — amid a Fed tightening and a major recession. Terry Savage, Chicago Tribune, 7 Nov. 2022 The defense followed up an embarrassing effort against the run in Atlanta by allowing the Chargers to nearly double their rushing total in one game and allowed New England, with a third-string quarterback, to put up 38 points. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 7 Nov. 2022 Major blocs of developing countries also hope to double financing commitments for climate adaptation—money to prepare for sea level rise or bigger storms or more resilient agriculture in the face of drought. WIRED, 4 Nov. 2022 Go ahead and double the batch for inevitable snacking. Angela Belt, House Beautiful, 3 Nov. 2022 The hard right coalition of small parties scored a huge win and will roughly double its representation in the parliament. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 2 Nov. 2022 Kentuckians for Strong Leadership also spent $67,000 on ads — also double what Donohue has reported spending to date — hitting him for voting against a tax cut bill. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, 2 Nov. 2022
Adverb
The ultimate upgrade to his tailgating gear, Yeti's high-tech cooler is double-insulated to keep his bevvies cool for days. Sara Klausing, Men's Health, 20 Nov. 2022 The rules being developed for this market prohibit double-counting for one class of credits. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 18 Nov. 2022 In politics, clear metrics are often lacking—and that goes double in an era in which polling seems less accurate than astrology. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 8 Nov. 2022 Of course, the laughs in Everett’s work are frequently double-edged. Asali Solomon, Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2022 In Iran, Washington’s involvement would be double-edged. Karl Vick, Time, 22 Oct. 2022 The Lions added another three runs to their lead in the following two innings capped by a three-run double by Joe Glass. Jordan Kendall, Baltimore Sun, 1 Apr. 2022 The Rangers scored three times in the third inning to temporarily cut a five-run deficit down to 6-4 on a two-run double by Nathaniel Lowe and a single by Nick Solak to knock in Lowe. Dallas News, 11 Sep. 2021 The junior center set the tone in the game's first minute, swatting the opening shot attempt by Purdue Fort Wayne, then scored a bucket on the other end — despite being double-teamed — with four seconds left on the shot clock. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 8 Nov. 2022
Noun
James Winburn, the stunt double for Michael Myers in John Carpenter's iconic original 1978 slasher movie Halloween, has died. Tommy Mcardle, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2022 James Winburn, the stunt double for the Michael Myers character in the original 1978 Halloween, died Nov. 19 following an undisclosed illness, his manager confirmed to EW. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 21 Nov. 2022 The superstar fronted a thrilling run to the 2003 Final Four, including a triple-double over Kentucky in the Elite 8, and returned MU basketball to the map. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 18 Nov. 2022 Five minutes in, Tristen Newton, coming off a triple-double against Buffalo, drove toward the paint and found the sophomore shooter wide open in the corner. Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant, 18 Nov. 2022 Marte hit a two-run homer and a double to lift the club to a semifinal victory while Reds pitchers Sam Benschoter and Vin Timpanelli combined to pitch four shutout innings. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 14 Nov. 2022 The Wildcats rank fifth in the nation in scoring (106 ppg) and first in assist per game (27 apg) with point Kerr Kriisa coming off a triple double in a 95-78 win over Southern on Friday. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 13 Nov. 2022 Early in the game, the scorcher is a game-tying double. Dan Gelston, ajc, 4 Nov. 2022 Marsh has three hits over his past eight at-bats, including a double off Justin Verlander and a home run off McCullers. Chicago Tribune, 2 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of double was in the 13th century

Dictionary Entries Near double

Cite this Entry

“Double.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/double. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

double 1 of 4

adjective

dou·​ble ˈdəb-əl How to pronounce double (audio)
1
: dual sense 1
a double role
2
: consisting of two members or parts
an egg with a double yolk
3
: being twice as great or as many
had double the number of expected sales
4
: folded in two
5
: having more than the usual number of floral parts and especially petals
double roses
doubleness noun

double

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verb

doubled; doubling ˈdəb-(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce double (audio)
1
: to make, be, or become twice as great or as many
double a recipe
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
: to close tightly the fingers of : clench
doubled his fist
c
: to cause to bend at the waist
d
: to become bent or folded usually in the middle
she doubled up in pain
3
: to have an additional use or job
the cook doubles as dishwasher
4
: to make a double in baseball
5
: to turn sharply and go back on the same path first taken
the rabbit doubled back on its tracks

double

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adverb

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2
: two together
sleep double

double

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noun

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a
: something twice another
12 is the double of 6
b
: a hit in baseball that allows a batter to reach second base
2
: duplicate entry 3
especially : a person who closely resembles another
3
: a sharp turn : reversal
4
5
plural : a game between two pairs of players
tennis doubles
on the double
: very quickly : right away

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