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 up she 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 \ -​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

The 19-year-old slugger has been the buzz of the Grapefruit League, with effortless swings that have gone viral, including a double off the left-field wall on Sunday against the Yankees using just one hand. Michael Salfino, WSJ, "Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Looks Like a Can’t-Miss Prospect," 4 Mar. 2019 Can a small shelf double the natural light in a room? Amanda Sims, House Beautiful, "The Trick To Making Your Entryway Feel Bigger," 28 Jan. 2019 Every Pat McGrath Labs release is met with a high-demand and double the amount of anticipation, most products selling out within a day. Teen Vogue, "Pat McGrath Lab’s Releases 17 New Bold Eyeshadows," 28 Mar. 2019 The quiet comes from the heavy cork padding under the wooden floors and a layer of acoustic insulation sandwiched between a double-layer of drywall. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "The Hotel Where You’ll Be ‘Sleep-Coached’ Into Bed," 27 Mar. 2019 The engineering drawings look like Piranesi drafted them after a few double espressos. Julie Lasky, ELLE Decor, "ED First Look: The National Museum of Qatar," 26 Mar. 2019 The new TrunkTech hammock from Grand Trunk, for example, weighs just 15.5 ounces for a double hammock (11.7 ounces for a single) but can hold up to 900 times its own weight. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "New Grand Trunk 'TrunkTech' Hammock Holds 900 Times Its Own Weight," 22 Mar. 2019 Sometimes, Jon and his wife Nicole will go on double dinner dates with Mandy and her husband Taylor Goldsmith. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Jon Huertas Has a Message for All the Miguel Haters Out There," 19 Mar. 2019 Eric had a big hand in setting the two up, as David is actually Eric’s stunt double on the CBS series. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS: Los Angeles' Stars Daniela Ruah and Eric Christian Olsen Are Related," 6 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Among them are Seville's Alcázar, which has doubled for Dorne, the jaw-dropping Gaztelugatxe (a.k.a. Laura Studarus, Marie Claire, "Game of Thrones," 11 Apr. 2019 Bacteria in the danger zone can double in as little as 20 minutes. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "Should You Be Washing Chicken Before You Cook It?," 10 Apr. 2019 Many of her buckets came on backdoor cuts after the Gamecocks left her to double-team her bigger teammates. Joedy Mccreary, The Seattle Times, "Baylor beats South Carolina 93-68, returns to Elite 8," 30 Mar. 2019 According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, 6 percent of American women used doulas in 2013, which was double the number from 2006. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Meghan Markle May Be Taking an Alternative Approach to Childbirth," 5 Feb. 2019 But the biggest news is the hinge, which doubles as magnetic pen storage. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Dell's Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition laptops save you from lost pens and hot panels," 8 Jan. 2019 Discord previously raised about $50 million in April which nearly doubled its valuation at the time to $1.65 billion. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "Chat Startup Discord Tops $2 Billion Valuation," 21 Dec. 2018 The cards will also support PCIe 4.0 (which doubles the transfer rate of PCIe 3.0) and direct GPU-to-GPU links using AMD's Infinity Fabric. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "AMD outlines its future: 7nm GPUs with PCIe 4, Zen 2, Zen 3, Zen 4," 6 Nov. 2018 The Harley initiative is one of a number of on-the-job training programs available to students in MPS, which has nearly doubled its apprenticeship program in recent years. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Harley-Davidson signs 4 MPS Bradley Tech students as youth apprentices," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Congress and the Trump administration already have been pumping up the funding for quantum computing research, with the Energy Department’s Office of Science seeing its quantum funding roughly double, to $120 million, for fiscal 2019. John D. Mckinnon, WSJ, "House Passes Bill to Create National Quantum Computing Program," 19 Dec. 2018 German allowed only two hits — a leadoff double by Dee Gordon and a seventh-inning solo homer by Nelson Cruz — and nothing else in seven innings, retiring 19 consecutive batters at one point. New York Times, "Yankees Top the Mariners in a Battle of the American League’s Elite," 19 June 2018 Pivotal has seen its revenue nearly double from $280.8 million in the fiscal year ending in 2016 to $509 million in the fiscal year ending in 2018, thanks largely to its primary cloud development product Pivotal Cloud Foundry. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "3 Takeaways From the New Pivotal Software Upcoming IPO," 23 Mar. 2018 Still, Hayes was an effective starter and Murphy came off the bench, averaged double-digit points and was the second-most prolific shooter on the team. Chris Chase, For The Win, "Has any Hall of Famer had a worse win-loss record than Joe Thomas?," 15 Mar. 2018 If your smoke alarms double as carbon monoxide detectors, you’re also protected against another safety threat. Kimberly Truong, SELF, "House Fires Are Way More Common in Winter—Here’s How to Stay Safe," 23 Jan. 2019 Determined to get the most out of theater rentals, Blum had the lobby double as an art gallery and held readings during the day. Alex Bhattacharji, WSJ, "How Producer Jason Blum is Disrupting Hollywood," 16 July 2018 After Cabrera’s double from the third slot, Jim Riggleman, the Reds’ alert interim manager, pointed out the error. New York Times, "Mets Bat Out of Turn in First and Lose on a Home Run in the 10th," 9 May 2018 After Rojas’s double, Brinson tried moving him to third with a sacrifice bunt. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Yadiel Rivera's single in 10th gives Marlins fourth straight victory," 2 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Adam Duvall, who hit two doubles Tuesday night, added an opposite-field, solo home run in the eighth inning. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Scooter Gennett, Eugenio Suarez back-to-back homers lift Cincinnati Reds to win vs. Tigers," 20 June 2018 Miami hit leadoff doubles in the first and second innings, with both runners coming around to score. David Ginsburg, Sun-Sentinel.com, "J.T. Realmuto's 2 home runs, 4 RBI power Marlins past Orioles," 16 June 2018 The Giants got 15 hits, including Brandon Crawford's two doubles. Harvey Valentine, chicagotribune.com, "Stephen Strasburg exits with tight shoulder, will have MRI on Saturday," 8 June 2018 Bohm, 21, also excelled last summer in the vaunted Cape Cod League, finishing second in the batting race with a .351 average while hitting 10 doubles and five home runs. Bob Brookover, Philly.com, "Wichita State's Alec Bohm selected by Phillies with third pick," 4 June 2018 Castellanos and Candelario hit back-to-back doubles and John Hicks singled before Reyes smacked a bases-clearing triple into the left-center field gap. … Rodriguez’s first hit was an infield single. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers get big boost from rookies in 6-2 win over Angels," 31 May 2018 Kyleigh Koenig added three hits, including two doubles. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, "Butler softball rallies to beat rival PRP in Sixth Region opener," 28 May 2018 That was the end of scoring until the sixth inning when Belmontes and Castro hit back-to-back doubles for Costa Mesa's final run. Dave Daniel, latimes.com, "Costa Mesa’s playoff run ends with loss at Mission," 25 May 2018 Apponequet 18, Seekonk 6 — Junior Dylan Raposo had three hits, including two doubles, for the Lakers (8-1). Chris Bokum, BostonGlobe.com, "Max Freedman delivers in pinch for St. John’s Prep baseball," 8 May 2018

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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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double

adjective

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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