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double

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adjective dou·ble \ˈdə-bəl\

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. 3a :  being twice as great or as many double the number of expected applicantsb 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

doubleness

noun

Examples of double in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology 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


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double

verb dou·ble

Definition of double

doubled

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doubling

play \ˈdə-b(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make twice as great or as many: such asa :  to increase by adding an equal amountb :  to amount to twice the number ofc :  to make a call in bridge that increases the value of odd tricks or undertricks at (an opponent's bid)

  3. 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 partb :  clench doubled his fistc :  to cause to stoop

  4. 3 :  to avoid by doubling :  elude

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

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

  7. 6 :  double-team Jackson's absence was supposed to allow defenses to double Gates. — Jim Trotter

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1a :  to become twice as much or as manyb :  to double a bid (as in bridge)

  10. 2a :  to turn sharply and suddenly; especially :  to turn back on one's course the rabbit doubled back on its tracksb :  to follow a circuitous course

  11. 3 :  to become bent or folded usually in the middle —usually used with up she doubled up in pain

  12. 4a :  to serve an additional purpose or perform an additional dutyb :  to play a dramatic role as a double

  13. 5 :  to make a double in baseball

doubler

play \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of double in a Sentence

  1. We all doubled over laughing.

  2. He doubled up in pain.

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First Known Use of double

13th century


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double

adverb dou·ble

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 in a Sentence

  1. raced to his side double quick

First Known Use of double

14th century


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double

noun dou·ble

Definition of double

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

  2. 2 :  one that is the counterpart of another :  duplicate: such asa :  a living person that closely resembles another living personb :  wraithc (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. 3a :  a sharp turn (as in running) :  reversalb :  an evasive shift

  4. 4 :  something consisting of two paired members: such asa :  foldb :  a combined bet placed on two different contestsc :  two consecutive strikes in bowling

  5. 5 doubles 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 in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of double

14th century

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DOUBLE Defined for English Language Learners

double

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adjective

Definition of double for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of double for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of double for English Language Learners

  • : two times as many or as much

  • : two times

double

noun

Definition of double for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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double

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adjective dou·ble \ˈdə-bəl\

Definition of double for Students

  1. 1 :  being twice as great or as many I made a double batch of cookies.

  2. 2 :  made up of two parts or members This egg has a double yolk.

  3. 3 :  having two very different aspects She serves a double role as teacher and friend.

  4. 4 :  made for two a double bed

  5. 5 :  extra large in size or amount double roses


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double

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verb dou·ble

Definition of double for Students

doubled

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doubling

  1. 1 :  to make or become twice as great or as many :  multiply by two You'll need to double the recipe.

  2. 2 :  to fold usually in the middle Double your paper.

  3. 3 :  to bend over at the waist He doubled over in laughter.

  4. 4 :  clench 2 I doubled my fist.

  5. 5 :  to turn sharply and go back over the same path The squirrel doubled back instead of crossing the street.

  6. 6 :  to have another use or job The table doubled as his desk.


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double

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adverb dou·ble

Definition of double for Students

  1. 1 :  two times the amount The last test question counts double.

  2. 2 :  two together You'll have to sleep double.


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double

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noun dou·ble

Definition of double for Students

  1. 1 :  something that is twice the usual size or amount The waiter charged me double.

  2. 2 :  a hit in baseball that allows the batter to reach second base

  3. 3 :  someone or something that is very like another You're a double for your sister.

on the double

  1. :  very quickly



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