double

adjective
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

double

verb
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

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 \ 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

Industrial profits registered double-digit growth in 2017, but have been cooling since May last year, hit by subdued factory price gains and slower sales. Wsj Graphics, WSJ, "Apple Warning: Seven Charts That Show the Pressure on China’s Consumers," 2 Jan. 2019 This is after years of double-digit increases, many under the Obama administration. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Obamacare is having a surprisingly good year," 26 Nov. 2018 Mortgage rates last week reached their highest level since May. Las Vegas, Seattle and San Francisco reported the biggest annual gains, with all three cities seeing double-digit increases. Christopher Rugaber, Fox News, "US home prices rise at slowest pace in nearly a year," 25 Sep. 2018 Mortgage rates last week reached their highest level since May. Las Vegas, Seattle and San Francisco reported the biggest annual gains, with all three cities seeing double-digit increases. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "US home prices rise at slowest pace in nearly a year," 25 Sep. 2018 The panels are growing cheaper, growth is happening at double-digit rates each year, and some key policymakers are becoming enthusiastic: California recently passed a requirement that new homes include solar panels. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Why solar is likely to power the Home of the Future," 13 Aug. 2018 The collection features double-breasted jackets, trousers, silk shirts, kilts, a beret, tights and pins — all in Westwood’s iconic designs, reimagined in Burberry’s vintage check pattern. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Moss Stars in Vivienne Westwood's and Burberry's Collab Campaign," 6 Dec. 2018 James, 31, also stood out in his white pants, navy-blue, double-breasted blazer and tie. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Pregnant Pippa Middleton looks summery in frilly frock at Wimbledon," 5 July 2018 In the third week of November, toy sales were up by double-digit percentages online. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Toy Sorry: Why the Holiday Season May Give Hasbro, Mattel a Lump of Coal," 7 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Orbiting like satellites, three small galleries focus on Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy, successive capitals that doubled as centers of pilgrimage. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘The Jeweled Isle: Art From Sri Lanka’ Review: Reclaiming a Country’s Creative History," 1 Jan. 2019 And before that, she was spotted wearing an oversized coat that could have easily doubled as a blanket. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Wore a Cream-Colored Cowl Neck Sweater," 1 Jan. 2019 The back looks a lot like the Moto G6 Play, with a rear fingerprint reader that doubles as a second Motorola logo and a round camera bump with a single camera and LED flash. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Moto G7 Play pops up at the FCC with notch design, dramatically smaller battery," 27 Nov. 2018 The composer Richard Wagner, whose anti-Semitic legacy has long been debated, created staggering operas, based on Old Norse mythology, that doubled as paeans to an imagined German past. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The centuries-old history of Jewish “puppet master” conspiracy theories," 2 Nov. 2018 Theft prevention New homes have more tech than ever, such as doorbells that double as cameras, complete with speakers. Tony Bizjak, The Seattle Times, "10 hot home innovations — from dog showers to doorbell cams," 26 Oct. 2018 From its 1789 founding to its nearly $40,000 annual tuition to the nine-hole golf course that doubles as the school’s front lawn, Prep has all the trappings and accouterments of an elite institution. Jason Zengerle, Town & Country, "Brett Kavanaugh and the Private School Pecking Order," 16 Oct. 2018 Boeing estimates the global commercial jet fleet will double over the next 20 years to around 48,000 aircraft. Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, "Carlyle Nears Deal to Buy StandardAero for About $5 Billion, Including Debt," 17 Dec. 2018 Peloton confirmed that its user base has doubled since last year. Rani Molla, Recode, "Peloton now has more U.S. customers than SoulCycle, new data suggests," 3 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Terre Haute South started a rally in the fourth inning, putting runners on first and third with none out after a Benji Downs double and a Cam Cook single. Jon Sauber, Indianapolis Star, "IHSAA baseball: Cathedral shuts out Terre Haute South for regional title," 2 June 2018 In some cases, the errors are revealed when companies double-check their figures for Securities and Exchange Commission filings. David Meyer, Fortune, "Whoops! Our CEO Made $10 Million More Than We Said. Why Top Companies Have Misreported CEO Pay," 30 May 2018 The weapon was identified as a double edged switchblade. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Suspect in officer’s slaying was arrested once a year over last 4 years," 13 Apr. 2018 Before celebrating the room rate double-check what's covered in the mandatory resort fee. Bill Mcgee, USA TODAY, "Eight disturbing travel trends you’ll confront in 2018," 31 Jan. 2018 In the bottom of the second, another leadoff double came around to score. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres suffer latest decisive loss at Dodger Stadium," 25 Sep. 2017 The entryway has sculptural bronze doors and a gallery with three sets of Lalique glass double-doors framed in bronze. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Producer Asks $39.5 Million for Manhattan One-Bedroom," 19 Dec. 2018 In a wool coat with a double breasted cut and an A-line velvet dress, Markle looked polished and her cheerful color palette elevated the classic pieces. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Finds an Affordable Statement Coat Ahead of the Holidays," 21 Nov. 2018 Even so, the rocket's critical core stage will be delivered more than three years later than initially planned—at double the anticipated cost. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "There’s a new report on SLS rocket management, and it’s pretty brutal," 10 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Following Friday’s game Rodgers was hitting .277 with 21 doubles, 17 homers, and 58 RBI in 81 games, with 11 steals in 13 attempts. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Yard Goats' Brendan Rodgers May Not Be Long For Hartford," 6 July 2018 Senior first baseman Doyle Kane, who is splitting his time in summer with the St. Francis football team, went three for four with two doubles, four runs batted in and two runs scored. Jeff Tully, latimes.com, "St. Francis baseball stymies Burbank in VIBL play," 21 June 2018 Offensively, Gabe Lancaster Dixon hit for a .500 average and drove in 21 runs, Woodie Lynott hit .388 with five doubles, a home run and 19 RBI, and John Koutras finished the season hitting .500 to go along with 17 runs. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Howard County JV spring athletes earn their stripes," 5 June 2018 Frazier suffered a concussion early in spring training, which delayed him for nearly two months Over his last 12 games at Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Frazier is slashing .362/.423/.702 with three doubles, two triples and three homers. Pete Caldera, USA TODAY, "Clint Frazier set to join Yankees for series against Nationals," 15 May 2018 Zimmerman has gone 9 for his last 26 (.346), with two doubles, a triple and two home runs. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The All-Star Who Took Spring Training Off," 26 Apr. 2018 Add a second non-family passenger, and the rate doubles. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "7 Super Fun Things You Need on Your Prom Checklist For the Best Night Ever," 24 Dec. 2018 Mike and Bob Bryan headline the doubles field after Mike teamed with Sock to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year while his twin brother was recovering from a hip injury. Brian Mahoney, The Seattle Times, "Roddick returns for exhibition match to start New York Open," 12 Dec. 2018 The 25-year-old has gotten hot at the plate, going 22 for 55 (.400) with six doubles and three home runs in 18 games since he was benched June 22 in Washington. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Phillies' Maikel Franco making a play to stay | Extra Innings," 12 July 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 \

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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