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 double (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 double (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 The Atlanta Falcons have never had a tight end with double-digit touchdowns, notes ESPN Stats and Info, even with Hall of Famer Tony Gonzales in the lineup. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "First round of NFL draft morphs into reunion for top offensive duos," 29 Apr. 2021 Over the last month, as more Americans got vaccinated, the company also saw double-digit growth in European tour reservations for dates in 2022 and 2023. Samuel Petrequin, Anchorage Daily News, "European Union could allow US tourists back this summer," 27 Apr. 2021 Franks had given the Magic some quality minutes lately with back-to-back double-digit scoring games, culminating in his 10-point performance in Monday’s 114-103 loss to the Lakers. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic sign free agent Moritz Wagner, release Robert Franks," 27 Apr. 2021 Despite playing in one of the toughest districts in the state, Prosper (22-3-1) has two players with double-digit home run totals — Moffitt and Mississippi State pledge Gabrielle Coffey (10) — and Maryland pledge Sydney Lewis has eight homers. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Softball playoff preview: Players and teams to watch, plus a look at the Dallas area’s rising HR numbers," 27 Apr. 2021 That's not a great scenario, certainly nothing like the double-digit future foreseen by most of Wall Street's market strategists. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "These investments will outperform the S&P 500 over the next decade, a top research firm predicts," 27 Apr. 2021 The market for self-help books has been growing at double-digit rates for years. Washington Post, "Want to know the ‘Secrets of Happiness’? The characters in Joan Silber’s new novel are looking, too.," 26 Apr. 2021 Rousseau has the size needed to play everywhere on Baltimore’s defensive line, and closing skills to be a double-digit sack producer. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Omar Kelly’s final first-round 2021 NFL mock draft: Who will Dolphins select at picks 6 and 18?," 26 Apr. 2021 Midnight Bourbon is very interesting at double-digit odds. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, "3 Kentucky Derby Longshots Looming Large Ahead Of 2021 Run For The Roses," 26 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The family room includes a secret entrance to a safe room that could also double as a wine cellar. Janice O'leary, Robb Report, "This Classic 1930s Beverly Hills Estate Is Now a $22 Million Modern Masterpiece," 29 Apr. 2021 For fun family outfitting that includes mom, dad, siblings, and baby - consider this delish S’more Matching Family Pajamas set; and Stripe Family Matching Pajamas (which can double as loungewear). Tiffany Leigh, Forbes, "Mother’s Day Gift Guide: The Best Mommy And Me Outfit Sets," 28 Apr. 2021 The station’s owner, Amtrak, as well as officials in New York and New Jersey, unveiled plans more than five years ago to expand Penn Station one block south and build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River that would double rail capacity. Paul Berger, WSJ, "New York Penn Station Expansion Plan Faces Opposition," 8 Apr. 2021 Multitasking furnishings can also be found off the open-concept kitchen, where a drop-leaf chinoiserie table displays objects but can also double as a work space in a pinch. Laurel Benedum, ELLE Decor, "Tour an East Village Condo That’s Small on Space But Big on Style," 16 Mar. 2021 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that that Pfizer would double its shipments of vaccines to Canada over the next month , with millions more shots than expected arriving in May and June. Rob Gillies, ajc, "Ontario retracts new restrictions that drew the ire of many," 18 Apr. 2021 Cases are projected to double to about 1,200 by early May, according to estimates from Oregon Health & Science University. oregonlive, "See 10 ZIP codes with most new coronavirus cases in Oregon," 17 Apr. 2021 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that that Pfizer would double its shipments of vaccines to Canada over the next month , with millions more shots than expected arriving in May and June. Rob Gillies, Star Tribune, "Ontario retracts new restrictions that drew the ire of many," 17 Apr. 2021 More Lightning in the Arctic Is Bad News for the Planet Lightning strikes in the far north could double by 2100. Matt Simon, Wired, "More Lightning in the Arctic Is Bad News for the Planet," 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Raigan Brannon had a two-out, two-run double in the first inning for Lake Ridge (16-11-1). Dallas News, "Playoff softball roundup: McKinney Boyd surprises Flower Mound, Euless Trinity tops Keller, plus more area recaps," 30 Apr. 2021 Oakland’s only serious threat against Glasnow came in the sixth when Mitch Moreland bounced a two-out double through an infield vacated by a shift. Dick Scanlon, orlandosentinel.com, "Tyler Glasnow shuts down Oakland in Rays victory," 29 Apr. 2021 The bananda comes in three sizes, and the one-size mask ties in the back, and is double layered. Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner, Forbes, "Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Best Gifts For Dog Moms," 28 Apr. 2021 But on Tuesday night against the reigning World Series champions, there was Votto bopping his head at second base after a go-ahead double in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s 6-5 win for the Reds over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "'Coming up on prayer mode:' Reds first baseman Joey Votto leads Reds to beat the Dodgers," 28 Apr. 2021 El Camino rallied and led 6-4 before RBV (5-7) tied the game at 6 on Tiger Green’s two-run double in the fifth. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, "El Camino takes Classic Division title of North County Tournament," 27 Apr. 2021 López had seven strikeouts in six innings and allowed two hits – none until Alex Dickerson’s leadoff double in the fifth. Michael Wagaman, sun-sentinel.com, "Marlins end skid vs. Giants behind ninth-inning HR by Aguilar," 25 Apr. 2021 Adam Eaton had a two-run double and scored on a Yoán Moncada single. Lamond Pope, chicagotribune.com, "Yermín Mercedes goes 4-for-4 with 3 RBIs, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-7 in the series opener at Guaranteed Rate Field," 24 Apr. 2021 Maldonado snapped an 0-for-13 slump with a two-out double in the third. Kristie Rieken, Chron, "Astros bats come to life, end skid against Angels," 23 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Russell Westbrook posted his 31st triple-double of the season with 15 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Washington Wizards continued their postseason push with a 122-93 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. Brian Dulik, Star Tribune, "Westbrook posts 31st triple-double, Wizards rout Cavs 122-93," 30 Apr. 2021 In a loss Monday at Miami, Murray scored 22 points with 10 rebounds and 11 assists, marking his fourth triple-double of the season. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Dejounte Murray blossoming into Spurs' triple-double king," 30 Apr. 2021 Alec Burks had nine of his 19 in overtime and Julius Randle recovered from a scoreless first half to finish with 15 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in his fifth triple-double of the season. Brian Mahoney, courant.com, "Knicks rally late, snap Grizzlies’ 4-game win streak in OT," 9 Apr. 2021 Russell Westbrook had his 20th triple-double of the season on Wednesday, which helped the Wizards beat the Magic, 131-116. Larry Starks, USA TODAY, "Kevin Durant perfect in return to Nets after long injury layoff," 8 Apr. 2021 Randle had 19 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists in his fourth triple-double of the season. Brian Mahoney, ajc, "Irving scores 40, Nets lose Harden but beat Knicks 114-112," 6 Apr. 2021 Wizards guard Russell Westbrook posted 26 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists — his dozenth triple-double of the season. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Eric Walden: Until time travel comes to the NBA, we’ll just have to ‘settle’ for this modern game being the best era of basketball," 20 Mar. 2021 Milwaukee was led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who posted his sixth triple-double of the season and second straight with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 125, Wizards 119: Another triple-double for Giannis and a third straight win for Milwaukee," 13 Mar. 2021 Jarren Duran, Boston’s No. 2 outfield prospect, hit his second home run and his second double. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Dodgers-Royals MLB 2021 spring training live stream (3/5): How to watch online, TV info, time," 5 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of double was in the 13th century

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“Double.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/double. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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