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 \ 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

Attendance is expected to be at least double the town’s current population. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Paradise High football program finds healing among the ashes of the Camp fire," 19 Aug. 2019 There was also a nonfatal double shooting in the city over the weekend. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "3 killed in 7 hours: A high school senior, a 16-year-old and a man riding a bus," 19 Aug. 2019 According to the website, the per person rates are from $16,556 (triple occupancy) and $21,866 (double occupancy). Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You'll Be Able to Watch a Total Solar Eclipse in The Direct Path of Totality on This Cruise to the Antarctic," 19 Aug. 2019 The records show the veteran jurist had 187 cases pending on his docket at July’s end, far more than any other judge in the building and nearly double the average caseload of his fellow judges. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "One Cuyahoga County judge’s contribution to jail crowding: 13 inmates awaiting trial for more than 400 days," 19 Aug. 2019 Miami took a 1-0 lead out of the chute with a leadoff single by Diaz and an RBI double by Starlin Castro. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies rally twice, finally beat Marlins in 10 innings for 4th straight win," 18 Aug. 2019 Located on China’s central plains, Henan is one of the country’s most populous provinces, with about 100 million people, double Myanmar’s population. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Teenage Brides Trafficked to China Reveal Ordeal: ‘Ma, I’ve Been Sold’," 17 Aug. 2019 Back-to-back singles by Jose Altuve and Michael Brantley set up an RBI double to center by Alex Bregman. Jeff Faraudo, The Mercury News, "Athletics beat Astros for third straight time, positioned for series sweep," 17 Aug. 2019 The latest attack was a double shooting and happened shortly after 5:10 a.m. in the 3700 block of West Thomas Street in the same neighborhood. Deanese Williams-harris, chicagotribune.com, "Young teenage girl among 1 killed, 9 wounded in weekend violence since 5 p.m. Friday," 17 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

From April to June, Mexican authorities detained about 73,400 migrants, well more than double the number detained during the first three months of the year. Kirk Semple, BostonGlobe.com, "Overflowing toilets, bedbugs and high heat: Inside Mexico’s migrant detention centers," 3 Aug. 2019 Since 1981, an area more than double the size of Texas - 610,000 square miles - has become unavailable to Arctic marine mammals by summer’s end, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Dan Joling, Anchorage Daily News, "Thousands of walruses show up early on Northwest Alaska coast as sea ice recedes," 1 Aug. 2019 Since the start of 2013 America’s S&P 500 index of leading firms has more than doubled. The Economist, "The biggest winners from the Fed’s rate cut," 1 Aug. 2019 This is more than double the number from the first Democratic debates, according to a Harris campaign spokesperson. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Candidates get ready for debate night in Detroit," 29 July 2019 In 1998, another entity linked to Mr. Wexner bought the property back from Mr. Epstein for $8 million, more than doubling his investment. Emily Steel, New York Times, "How Jeffrey Epstein Used the Billionaire Behind Victoria’s Secret for Wealth and Women," 25 July 2019 The deal more than doubles the number of UPS Access Points in the U.S. to about 21,000, said Kate Gutmann, UPS chief sales and solutions officer. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "UPS to get space in CVS, Michaels, Advance Auto Parts stores for package shipping, pickup," 23 July 2019 In the half decade since launching Merlin's first New York office, Mahoney has overseen sustained growth in the world's biggest music market with the company's U.S. membership more than doubling in that time. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "Merlin Elevates Jim Mahoney to VP Global Operations," 23 July 2019 The new fund is more than double the size of the three-year-old venture capital firm’s $212 million first fund, raised in 2017. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "How Google Extracted Itself From Three More Lawsuits—Data Sheet," 22 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

In 7-on-7 drills, Carr lofted his first pass of the day to Williams, who was double-covered in the end zone. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders’ offense has flashes — and lulls — in practice with Rams," 7 Aug. 2019 DeJong swatted a leadoff double before Matt Carpenter stepped to the plate. Los Angeles Times, "Clayton Kershaw remains unbeatable at home as Dodgers defeat Cardinals," 6 Aug. 2019 Bauer was chased when Adam Duvall’s RBI double put the Braves up, 3-0, in the fifth. Kristie Rieken, BostonGlobe.com, "Hamels sharp in return, Almora and Cubs beat Brewers 4-1," 4 Aug. 2019 Gray’s walk to Mike Yastrzemski got San Francisco going; a Pablo Sandoval RBI double followed, and then Scooter Gennett’s first homer of the year made it 4-0 with two outs in the frame. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Carlos Estevez sparks Colorado’s latest bullpen implosion, negates comeback by fading Rockies in loss to Giants," 3 Aug. 2019 Hello, double crested cormorants, and welcome to another edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, Week of August 2," 2 Aug. 2019 The competition will follow double-elimination rules with all teams starting in a winners’ bracket, then performance deciding which teams fall to losers’ bracket or are eliminated until the last 20 teams compete in the final match. Jason Fanelli, The Hollywood Reporter, "EA to Host 'Apex Legends' E-Sports Tournament With $500,000 Prize Pool," 30 July 2019 So far, about two-thirds of the route has been double-tracked. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cliff trench proposed for trains through Del Mar," 28 July 2019 The Yard Goats built a 4-0 lead, scoring a single run in the third on a fielder’s choice, and added three in the fourth on a sac fly, a Chris Rabago single and a Manny Melendez double. Staff Report, courant.com, "Skidding Yard Goats blow late lead to Akron," 27 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Instead of just like your queen that connects to your two doubles. Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Plan a Trip Around Someone Else's Wedding: Women Who Travel Podcast," 6 Aug. 2019 Sandoval has 23 doubles among his 72 hits, and his eighth pinch double set a San Francisco record. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Giants trending in wrong direction, fall 5-3 to Nationals," 6 Aug. 2019 Along with 17-year-old Catherine McNally, the American won the women's doubles final in straight sets -- beating Fanny Stollar and American Maria Sanchez 6-2 6-2. Ben Church, CNN, "Nick Kyrgios enjoys one of the 'favorite weeks' of his life by winning sixth title," 5 Aug. 2019 Brett Gardner and Cameron Maybin hit consecutive doubles. Mike Fitzpatrick, courant.com, "Yankees cap series sweep against Red Sox," 5 Aug. 2019 There was plenty of competition as 192 players representing 49 of the 50 states qualified for singles play along with 99 doubles teams. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "USTA Boys’ 14 National Clay Court Championships hits the courts in Fort Lauderdale," 1 Aug. 2019 The pair had won doubles at the 2018 U.S. Open Junior and have played against each other before. Andy Kostka, USA TODAY, "Caty McNally, 17, beats Christina McHale to reach quarterfinals of Citi Open," 1 Aug. 2019 Knudsen, who is headed to the University of Oregon, led the Spartans with a .469 batting average with 23 hits, 15 RBIs, 17 runs scored and nine doubles. Vincent Nguyen, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Cox, La Cañada softball bestowed with All-League recognition," 1 Aug. 2019 Action sequences involved fully-digital doubles or stunt performers with face replacement. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "Will Smith, Ang Lee Reveal Digital Aging Secrets While Teasing New 'Gemini Man' Footage," 23 July 2019

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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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