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

Metroparks death: Carnell Sledge, who was gunned down in the Rocky River Reservation double homicide, wanted to use sports to help children with developmental disabilities develop personal skills. Brenda Cain, cleveland.com, "Report suggests lack of strong leaders in the black community allowed Russian manipulation in 2016 election: The Wake Up for June 10, 2019," 10 June 2019 The double drum and percussion set-up, with founder Chris Tomson and new touring addition Garrett Ray, let the songs snap and pop with heart-seizing force. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Vampire Weekend reach a new peak at astounding 'Father of the Bride' tour stop in Milwaukee," 9 June 2019 The 4-year-old royal excitedly waved to the crowd with both hands during the iconic flypast in a move that mimicked big brother Prince George’s double wave to the cameras during the royal family’s visit to Canada in October 2016. PEOPLE.com, "Princess Charlotte Has Mastered Big Brother Prince George's Royal Double Wave," 8 June 2019 The double album was on the Billboard charts for 60 weeks and went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1971. Bill Higgins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Flashback: 'Shaft' Ignited a Blaxploitation Movie Craze in 1971," 8 June 2019 Drysdale walked catcher Johnny Edwards intentionally and Jay – who went into the game batting .065 – came up with his two-run double to center field. Mark Schmetzer, Cincinnati.com, "Top Cincinnati Reds games: No. 39 – Frank Robinson made Los Angeles Dodgers pay in 1961," 7 June 2019 And while Golden State struggled to find contributors, Toronto’s offense was in sync with 30 assists and each member of the starting five scoring in double figures. Lila Bromberg, USA TODAY, "NBA Finals: Game time, TV, streaming info and everything else you need for Game 4," 7 June 2019 With Taurasi out, Turner started in the Mercury's first two games, recording her first career double-double (18 points/10 assists) in a win over Las Vegas. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Yvonne Turner happy for EuroBasket opportunity, but Phoenix Mercury come first," 5 June 2019 Cousins started for the second straight game, but the player who neared a triple-double last Sunday apparently stayed in Toronto. Matt Schneidman, The Mercury News, "Unpredictability of Warriors’ centers might be cause for concern," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The average price of condominiums sold in Chelsea last year was $2.9 million — a figure that doubled in the past decade, according to a real estate analysis. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "When the Real Estate Mogul Tried to Supersize His $8 Million Brownstone," 7 June 2019 The $16 million project is the second major expansion for MightyVine, which started as a 7.5-acre greenhouse and doubled in size in its first year. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "MightyVine embarks on expansion as demand for tomatoes keeps growing," 7 June 2019 All of that changed once Logan Wyatt, who was selected 51st overall in the recent MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants, doubled in the fourth inning. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Offensive outburst leads Louisville past East Carolina in NCAA Super Regional opener," 7 June 2019 The other came in the fifth when Mitch Garver doubled in Jorge Polanco. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Max Kepler hits three home runs as Twins beat Indians," 6 June 2019 Most of the major changes happened out of sight, including a kitchen that’s doubled in size and, for the first time, a proper wine cellar. Michael Russell, oregonlive.com, "Ava Gene’s reopens Sunday after two-month renovation," 6 June 2019 Last week, the Botswana Gazette reported that in the past two years cases of human-animal conflict have doubled, from 1,500 to almost 3,000. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Elephant Hunting Has Returned to Botswana. But There Is a Way to Stop It.," 6 June 2019 The leading commodity is the oil and gas sector, at $1.5 billion, which has doubled in just the last two years. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "How might tariffs affect Alabama’s business with Mexico?," 5 June 2019 Vehicle burglaries have doubled in 2019, and juveniles make up the majority of those arrested for those crimes, Asher wrote. Kevin Litten, nola.com, "New Orleans juvenile charges down, car burglaries increase," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Some 10 million officials were involved in pulling it all off over seven weeks of staggered voting from April to May. The total cost for authorities: more than a billion dollars — or roughly double the amount spent in 2014. Swati Gupta, CNN, "India's election spending surges past US to record high," 8 June 2019 Pittsburgh responded with two runs in the third on an Adam Frazier triple and Bryan Reynolds double. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 10, Pirates 3: Offense backs solid effort from Brandon Woodruff," 7 June 2019 Steve GranitzGetty Images Continuing to be her hilarious self, Sophie Turner dished on that one time Joe Jonas mistook her stunt double/photo double for her and tried to kiss her. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Joe Jonas Totally Almost Kissed Sophie Turner's 'Game of Thrones' Stunt Double On Set," 6 June 2019 That song appeared on the band's sophomore album, Floored, which went double-platinum at peaked at No. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Mark McGrath and Sugar Ray Sign With APA," 4 June 2019 Position ranking voting is AP Poll-style among three panelists, with Andy’s votes counting double: 1. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "The NFL’s Top 10 Quarterbacks for 2019 | The MMQB NFL Podcast," 4 June 2019 Yesterday in Cannes, the model stepped out in a pair of clear Chanel pool slides, stamped with the House’s iconic double-C logo. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Flaunts Chanel’s Must-Have Pool Slides in Cannes," 24 May 2019 Canha made it 3-0 with a two-run homer in the fifth, but Josh Harrison’s RBI double pulled the Tigers within two in the bottom of the inning. Dave Hogg, The Seattle Times, "Montas helps Athletics win 14th straight against Tigers," 17 May 2019 With the bases loaded, Machado hit a grounder to second and jogged up the first-base line while pivot man Jean Segura double-clutched his throw to first base, but still easily got Machado at first, eliciting a dull chorus of boos for Machado. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Machado booed, O'Day injured as Orioles fall in frustrating fashion to Mariners, 3-2," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Birch posted his only double-double of the season with 13 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in just over 18 minutes on the floor. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic center Khem Birch raised his game in 2018-19," 9 June 2019 For the season, the 19-year-old Thomas has 38 runs, 12 doubles, four triples, five homers and 24 RBIs. Paul Johnson, Naperville Sun, "'Hard work paying off': Kane County Cougars outfielder Alek Thomas named starter for Midwest League All-Star game," 6 June 2019 Ayton was nervous and out of sorts in Phoenix’s first game, had double-doubles in the Suns’ wins over Sacramento and Orlando and then committed six turnovers in a lackluster performance against Philadelphia on Thursday. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns' summer-league takeaways: Deandre Ayton's progress, efforts of Davon Reed, Shaq Harrison," 13 July 2018 And if all that wasn’t enough, Nola drove in the Phillies’ runs himself with a bases-clearing two-out double in the fifth inning against Mets starter Corey Oswalt. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Aaron Nola picks up Phillies on the mound and at the plate in doubleheader split with Mets," 9 July 2018 Privacy - Terms Other than Justin Bour and Martin Prado’s back-to-back doubles in the ninth, 20 of the Marlins’ hits were singles. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Marlins snap their longest skid ever against the Nationals with a hitting barrage," 8 July 2018 Brayden Slade added one of the four doubles by Coconut Creek in the game. Rick Menning, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Coconut Creek Little League All-Stars advance to district championship play," 3 July 2018 Britain's Jamie Murray and Switzerland's Martina Hingis took home the mixed doubles in another sweep, defeating Finland's Henri Kontinen and Britain's Heather Watson. Julia Poe, SI.com, "Who Won Wimbledon Last Year?," 1 July 2018 Max Stassi's two-out double in the fifth inning was the club's only hit against him. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Rare rough showing from Astros results in loss to Rays," 29 June 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 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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