double

adjective
dou·​ble | \ ˈdə-bəl How to pronounce double (audio) \

Definition of double

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : having a twofold relation or character : dual
2 : consisting of two usually combined members or parts an egg with a double yolk
3a : 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

double

verb
doubled; doubling\ ˈdə-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce doubling (audio) \

Definition of double (Entry 2 of 4)

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)
2a : 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
4a : to replace in a dramatic role
b : to play (dramatic roles) by doubling
5a(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

1a : to become twice as much or as many
b : to double a bid (as in bridge)
2a : 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 upshe doubled up in pain
4a : 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

double

adverb

Definition of double (Entry 3 of 4)

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

noun

Definition of double (Entry 4 of 4)

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) : 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
3a : 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
on the double
: very quickly : right away

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Other Words from double

Adjective

doubleness noun

Verb

doubler \ ˈdə-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce doubler (audio) \ noun

Examples of double in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Imagine him drawing a double and finding Booker, and vise versa. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Suns ideal trade destination for reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo?," 8 Sep. 2020 Josh Fuentes hit an early two-run homer and Garrett Hampson added an RBI double for the Rockies, who were winless in their past nine series against Los Angeles since 2018. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, "Matt Kemp's clutch HR powers Rockies past Dodgers again, 7-6," 7 Sep. 2020 The Eagles rallied in Week 1 for a 33-30 double overtime win at Avon Lake and did the same in regulation Friday at Olmsted Falls with quarterback Niko Pappas again throwing the winning touchdown pass. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Archbishop Hoban vaults to new No. 1 after St. Edward shutout in cleveland.com football rankings," 7 Sep. 2020 Why criticize the extra-vigilant, the double-cautious? Goldman gets it. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "Deep cleans and disinfecting mists might not keep us from getting the virus, but they sure make us feel better," 7 Sep. 2020 San Diego quickly regained the lead as Mike Fiers walked Wil Myers to open the fourth and Jake Cronenworth lined an RBI double into the gap in right-center. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "A’s lose 5-3 to Padres as Matt Chapman exits mid-game," 6 Sep. 2020 The Human Bean is known for its building design with double-sided drive-thrus and the Westfield location, which is near Hillcrest Drive, will feature outdoor walk-up and seating. Natalia E. Contreras, The Indianapolis Star, "Drive-thru coffee shop coming to Westfield's Main Street," 6 Sep. 2020 The downstairs primary suite includes a large shower, double vanities and a walk-in closet. Dallas News, "Devonshire and Bluffview neighborhoods popular for ‘suburban feel, location’," 6 Sep. 2020 Woodruff fell behind Hernandez, 2-0, and had to throw a fastball over the plate that was ripped to left-center for an RBI double to tie the game. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Indians 4, Brewers 3: Closer Josh Hader finally gives up a hit, two in fact, in ninth inning," 5 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Last year approximately $11,000 was distributed to low income persons through all programs and the market is on track to double the amount this season. courant.com, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 4 Sep. 2020 Local election officials say that number could double in the presidential election. Zak Hudak, CBS News, "Battleground states want to be able to process mail ballots before Election Day," 1 Sep. 2020 Brewer warned the news may be even worse for 2020, noting that fentanyl overdose deaths are on track to double those recorded in 2019. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Drug overdoses killed 645 in San Diego County in 2019," 31 Aug. 2020 Much of this is speculation based on what little information was received, so this piece could also double as a wishlist from us at Launcher. Washington Post, "The exciting and worrying news of ‘Gotham Knights’ and ‘Suicide Squad’," 24 Aug. 2020 Due to the coronavirus crisis, LaRose has predicted the number of Ohioans who cast early votes could double to more than 4 million voters. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "High school football, other sports are a go in Ohio: The Wake Up for Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020," 19 Aug. 2020 Mariota has started training camp as the backup to starter Derek Carr, however, the Raiders have included a number of incentives in Mariota’s contract that could ultimately double the overall value of the deal. oregonlive, "Marcus Mariota wears Las Vegas Raiders’ uniform for the first time," 7 Aug. 2020 More than 160,000 have died of coronavirus in the US so far and that number could nearly double by December, the director of a leading model said Thursday. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Coronavirus infections among younger populations are skyrocketing, WHO says," 7 Aug. 2020 Some researchers say Florida’s death toll could double by Labor Day unless people devote themselves to social distancing and facial coverings. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida coronavirus cases surpass 500,000; 225 new deaths reported," 5 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Segura, who entered with 12 RBI this season, also had a three-run double in the first inning and finished with four hits. Jake Seiner, courant.com, "Segura bails out Phillies’ bullpen with HR in 10th to beat Mets," 7 Sep. 2020 Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a two-run double in the sixth inning Friday, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 7-4 at Kauffman Stadium. Lamond Pope, chicagotribune.com, "White Sox move back into 1st place in the AL Central with a 7-4 victory against the Royals," 4 Sep. 2020 Jean Segura lined a three-run double to left-center in the fourth and scored on Alec Bohm's sacrifice fly to make it 6-0. Rob Maaddi, Star Tribune, "Spencer Howard earns 1st win, Phillies beat Nationals 8-6," 31 Aug. 2020 Altuve added a two-run double to the left-center gap — a missile that left his bat at 101.5 mph. ExpressNews.com, "Josh Reddick’s diving catch preserves the Astros’ 10-8 win over the Rockies," 20 Aug. 2020 Our supervisors arrived and double-checked the paperwork. Robert Maniak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: In the heat and pressure cooker that was Afghanistan, we knew when not to shoot. Why didn't Kenosha police?," 27 Aug. 2020 White stayed back on a 3-2 curveball from Lyles and lined it fair down the left-field line for a two-out, two-run double in the first inning. Tim Booth, Star Tribune, "White homers, drives in 6 as Mariners thump Rangers 10-1," 22 Aug. 2020 The highlight was definitely the double-locking lid, which ensured a leak-free experience. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "The best bug sprays of 2020," 20 Aug. 2020 Utah made Denver pay for double-teaming and spending so much time trying to limit Mitchell’s scoring. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Donovan Mitchell, Jazz beat Nuggets behind three-point mastery," 20 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Three runs scored on a sixth-inning double by Ronald Acuña Jr. that gave Atlanta a 25-8 lead and the franchise record for runs in a game. Charles Odum, orlandosentinel.com, "Braves set franchise record for runs in 29-9 romp over Marlins," 10 Sep. 2020 Urías delivered the big blow with a bases-clearing double to left off Garcia. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 19, Tigers 0: Complete and total domination," 9 Sep. 2020 Three runs scored on a sixth-inning double by Ronald Acuña Jr. that gave Atlanta a 25-8 lead and the franchise record for runs in a game. Charles Odum, sun-sentinel.com, "Duvall’s 3 HRs, 9 RBI lead Braves' record-setting 29-9 rout of Marlins," 9 Sep. 2020 Davis homered and hit an RBI double in a rare start facing previously unbeaten Zack Greinke, and the A's sent the Houston Astros to their sixth straight loss with a 4-2 win Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader. Janie Mccauley, Houston Chronicle, "A's hand Astros 6th straight loss in opener of doubleheader," 8 Sep. 2020 The Twins took control of the game in the fourth when Ryan Jeffers hit his first major league home run and Eddie Rosario added a bases-clearing double later in the inning. La Velle E. Neal Iii, Star Tribune, "Michael Pineda, Twins stop Tigers 6-2, win four of five games in series," 7 Sep. 2020 All this after the Tigers opened the game by scoring three times on two infield singles and a two-run ground-rule double. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Free passes doom Detroit Tigers, halts winning streak in tough loss to Brewers," 3 Sep. 2020 Christian Walker hit a run-scoring double off Cy Sneed in the sixth and David Peralta tied it with a single through the right side off Blake Taylor. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Diamondbacks get walkoff win over Astros, win first series of season," 6 Aug. 2020 Raimel Tapia singled with the bases loaded, and a Murphy double added another pair. Andy Yamashita, The Denver Post, "Rockies bats come alive, David Dahl finds some offense as Texas series approaches," 18 July 2020

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First Known Use of double

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

History and Etymology for double

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

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

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Last Updated

10 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Double.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/double. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for double

double

adjective
How to pronounce double (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of double

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: 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

double

verb

English Language Learners Definition of double (Entry 2 of 4)

: 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

double

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of double (Entry 3 of 4)

: two times as many or as much
: two times

double

noun

English Language Learners Definition of double (Entry 4 of 4)

: 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

double

adjective
dou·​ble | \ ˈdə-bəl How to pronounce double (audio) \

Kids Definition of double

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : being twice as great or as many I made a double batch of cookies.
2 : made up of two parts or members This egg has a double yolk.
3 : having two very different aspects She serves a double role as teacher and friend.
4 : made for two a double bed
5 : extra large in size or amount double roses

double

verb
doubled; doubling

Kids Definition of double (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : to make or become twice as great or as many : multiply by two You'll need to double the recipe.
2 : to fold usually in the middle Double your paper.
3 : to bend over at the waist He doubled over in laughter.
4 : clench sense 2 I doubled my fist.
5 : to turn sharply and go back over the same path The squirrel doubled back instead of crossing the street.
6 : to have another use or job The table doubled as his desk.

double

adverb

Kids Definition of double (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : two times the amount The last test question counts double.
2 : two together You'll have to sleep double.

double

noun

Kids Definition of double (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : something that is twice the usual size or amount The waiter charged me double.
2 : a hit in baseball that allows the batter to reach second base
3 : someone or something that is very like another You're a double for your sister.
on the double
: very quickly

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