dou·ble | \ˈdə-bəl \

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


doubled; doubling\ˈdə-b(ə-)liŋ \

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



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



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


doubleness noun


doubler \-b(ə-)lər \ noun

Examples of double in a Sentence


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


We all doubled over laughing. He doubled up in pain.


raced to his side double quick


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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On Friday, for example, banks like JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup reported outsize double-digit earnings in the second quarter. Patricia Cohen,, "Paychecks lag as profits soar, and prices erode wage gains," 14 July 2018 But a disappointing road loss to Memphis followed by double-digit losses to Stanford, Arizona, Washington and Utah spelled disaster. Matt Murschel,, "New coach Chip Kelly’s UCLA Bruins are No. 45 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 13 July 2018 On Friday, for example, banks like JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup reported outsize double-digit earnings in the second quarter. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "Paychecks Lag as Profits Soar, and Prices Erode Wage Gains," 13 July 2018 Investors can charge double-digit interest rates and fees on the debt. Tim Prudente,, "With ownership in question, lawsuit stalls over deadly West Baltimore collapse," 12 July 2018 She's posted double-digit wins over the competition and set course records along the way. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Xavier Prep's Ashley Menne is the next big thing to hit Arizona high school athletics," 12 July 2018 But multiple double-digit win seasons at FAU could definitely strengthen Kiffin’s case. Andy Staples,, "Why Florida's Successful Chris Leak/Tim Tebow QB Model Probably Isn't Right for Alabama This Year," 12 July 2018 Brown, who held a double-digit lead in the polls, agreed to one debate — without an audience, in the small Sacramento TV studio of the California Channel, a statewide public affairs network. Joe Garofoli,, "Gavin Newsom agrees to one debate with John Cox in CA governor race — on CNN," 12 July 2018 The country is facing double-digit inflation, a depreciating currency and slow growth. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Haiti’s low fuel prices unfairly benefit the rich and need to be raised, IMF says," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Since then, the trans-Atlantic security arrangement has more than doubled in membership and changed its mandate significantly. David Rising, Fox News, "A look at NATO and what the alliance does, past and present," 13 July 2018 That number has now more than doubled (maybe absence makes the heart grow fonder), with a plurality of respondents viewing Obama the most favorably of all presidents. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Barack Obama Is the Greatest President of Our Lifetime, Say 44% of Americans.," 12 July 2018 The stock price of the personalized online clothes-shopping company has more than doubled since its November IPO. Tracey Lien,, "With personalized styling and now kids clothing, Stitch Fix looks to avoid the pitfalls of subscription boxes," 10 July 2018 Outside spending in American elections has more than doubled since Citizens United. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Brett Kavanaugh’s Qualifications Don’t Matter," 10 July 2018 The first is to double-check voter addresses against the U.S. Postal Service’s change-of-address database. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Losing the Right Not to Vote," 11 June 2018 So the refs wanted to double-check LeBron's foot-placement. Andrew Sharp,, "An Inexplicable Calls Stains a Legendary NBA Finals Thriller," 1 June 2018 While abroad, the mayor announced the Bank of China was doubling the size of its Chicago office to 65 employees. Bill Ruthhart,, "Who is in Asia with Emanuel? Campaign donors, lobbyists, developers, business heavyweights," 13 July 2018 Houston’s population almost doubled by the war’s end, thanks to the influx of residents and businesses from Galveston — then Texas’s largest city — and other coastal communities. Chris Gray, Houston Chronicle, "Expansive exhibit highlights Houston’s quiet but vital role during Civil War," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The deficit was 4-0 after a Stephens RBI double in the third. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eleven unanswered runs help Whitnall once again down New Berlin West in star-studded sectional clash," 29 May 2018 Jourdan Jacobs, who hit the walk-off double in Game 1, scored on a single from Savannah Volmert to give Heights a 4-2 lead. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Arlington Heights softball continues historic run; Timber Creek, Joshua baseball win | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 19 May 2018 Semien scored on a subsequent Davis double-play grounder. John Hickey,, "Reynaldo Lopez strikes out 10 but gets no offensive support in White Sox's 8-1 loss to A's," 17 Apr. 2018 Meghan changed her getup, this time sporting a custom cropped black Givenchy double-breasted blazer with ankle length pants and black Sarah Flint Perfect Pumps along with a Givenchy black buckle belt and frame bag. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "All the details on Duchess Meghan's week of flawless fashion," 12 July 2018 Blandino's go-ahead double erased a few missed opportunities. Bobby Nightengale,, "Alex Blandino's 2-run double highlights Cincinnati Reds comeback win over White Sox," 2 July 2018 Police were called after complaints about a group of people smoking cannabis and bothering pedestrians in the area and found Acevedo’s car double parked there. Deborah Kadin,, "Police reports: Trash can set ablaze at Elmwood Park bank," 22 June 2018 Down 4–3 in the ninth to the Rays and with an 11-game winning streak on the line, Houston rallied, keyed by Bregman’s two-run–walk-off double off Sergio Romo. Jon Tayler,, "The Houston Astros Are Only Getting Better," 19 June 2018 Cashner saved his quality start by stranding the bases loaded in the sixth after a run was taken off the board when Kepler’s double became a ground-rule double after video replay review, bringing Jorge Polanco back to third. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Cashner's quality start, Schoop's two homers not enough in Orioles' 5-2 loss to Twins," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Manny Machado has been excellent over his past 100 at-bats, hitting .340/.405/.570 with six doubles, a triple and five home runs with 14 RBIs and 14 runs scored. Josh Land,, "Orioles on deck: What to watch Friday vs. Rangers, plus lineups, broadcast info and more," 13 July 2018 This season, Hicklen is batting .307 with 13 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 14 stolen bases in 54 games. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Royals minor-league outfielder scores run by leaping over the catcher," 5 July 2018 Key stats: Hit .453 with 13 doubles, six homers and 42 RBIs. Bob Narang, Lake County News-Sun, "Introducing the 2018 News-Sun Softball All-Area Team," 27 June 2018 Forget the Golden Arches of McDonald’s, or the Whopper at Burger King, even the double double of In-N-Out Burger. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Chick-fil-A named Americans’ favorite fast-food restaurant," 6 July 2018 Luke Ringhofer and Willie Yahn opened the inning with back-to-back doubles, but Ringhofer was thrown out at the plate. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "Aberdeen slips back under .500 with Monday loss at home," 3 July 2018 Against Iglesias, Gomes scored on a sacrifice fly and Michael Brantley hit an RBI double. Bobby Nightengale,, "Joey Votto homers, Anthony DeSclafani pitches 7 innings as Cincinnati Reds beat Cleveland," 9 July 2018 After Yelich had to be lifted, Junior Guerra surrendered a leadoff homer to José Peraza and an RBI double to Eugenio Suárez to leave Milwaukee in an early 2-0 hole. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jesús Aguilar stays hot, Eric Thames torches the Reds once again," 28 June 2018 Washington Township’s Lorenzo Morello continued his hot hitting with an RBI double in the seventh, increasing the lead to 6-2. Marc Narducci,, "Olympic-Colonial wins sixth Carpenter Cup," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of double


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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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



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



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

: two times as many or as much

: two times



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


dou·ble | \ˈdə-bəl \

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


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.



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.



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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to reject or criticize sharply

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