dou·​ble-time | \ ˈdə-bəl-ˌtīm How to pronounce double-time (audio) \
double-timed; double-timing; double-times

Definition of double-time

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move at double time

double time


Definition of double time (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a marching cadence of 180 30-inch steps per minute
2 : payment of a worker at twice the regular wage rate

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Whether part of the campaign or not, many American colleges have been working double time to allay worries – and to provide opportunities for international and domestic students to interact. Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, The Christian Science Monitor, "International students to US: Do you really want us?," 2 July 2018 Make your room work double time to bring in more light by choosing the right paint finish. Marlen Komar, Curbed, "9 ways to brighten a dark room," 26 June 2018 Since action Mars will be spending double time in your travel sector this summer, indulge in your curiosity to explore new lands, retreats, or even an abroad course of study. Rebecca Gordon, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Find Summer Romance According to the Stars," 21 June 2018 The company is now worth more than double Time Warner, whose chief executive Jeff Bewkes once referred to Netflix in 2010 as the Albanian army. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "Netflix: the Albanian army that took over the world," 24 May 2018 United's academy heads have been working double time since the appointment of Nicky Butt; and the last 18 months have been very productive ones for the club, who are aiming to become a dominant force in the Premier League again., "Man Utd Set to Beat Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool to the Signing of Slovakian Wonderkid," 27 Apr. 2018 For them, walking into the living room and hearing The West Wing playing in double time never gets old (or normal). Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "I Speed Up Every TV Show, Movie, and Podcast I Consume," 23 Apr. 2018 Over what were already speedy tempos, a marimba that sprinted and arpeggiated in double time became a frenetic invitation to party. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "South by Southwest Music Festival: 17 Acts That Stood Out," 18 Mar. 2018 Essentially, each key ingredient is working double time to ensure Baebody keeps its promises. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Baebody's Best-Selling Eye Gel That Has Amazon Customers Freaking Out," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of double-time


1943, in the meaning defined above


1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of double time

: payment of a worker at two times the usual rate

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