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


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



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



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

Other Words from double


doubleness noun


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Recent polls have shown Ms. Dixon with a double-digit lead over her closest competitors. Aaron Zitner, WSJ, 2 Aug. 2022 Prospects were so bleak that many people left, cutting the population in many counties by double-digit percentages in the past two decades. Dylan Lovan, ajc, 2 Aug. 2022 In his response to Tong, Mais rejected as inaccurate the argument that the end to the subsidies Dec. 31 would drive the double-digit rate increase requests. Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant, 2 Aug. 2022 The Cards did not have a double-digit scorer last season but return two of their top five scorers in guard El Ellis (8.7 points per game) and center Sydney Curry (7.1). Brett Dawson, The Courier-Journal, 2 Aug. 2022 Estée Lauder executives confirmed this on a fiscal third-quarter earnings call in May, stating that Tom Ford was among a handful of brands with double-digit sales growth. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 2 Aug. 2022 No, the Dodgers aren’t going to blow their double-digit lead in the National League West to that second-place team in the funny uniforms. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2022 Gas prices posted another double-digit drop in New Jersey amid low demand. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 Aug. 2022 Home price gains are slowing, but year-over-year prices are still seeing double-digit increases. Anna Bahney, CNN, 1 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The remake reportedly will shoot in the Dominican Republic, which will double for the Florida Keys. Mma Junkie Staff, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2022 In response, Zuckerberg has decreed that Met will double its AI content recommendations in both Facebook and Instagram. John Koetsier, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 Later this year, Pinto expects that the number of metros showing month over month declines will double from June to around 40, or eight in ten cities. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 3 Aug. 2022 In fact, the SAMHSA predicts that the call volume will double within 12 months of the transition to 988, Bennett says. Maggie O'neill, SELF, 15 July 2022 So many European countries have asked Botswana to mine more coal that the nation will more than double its exports. Bjorn Lomborg, WSJ, 20 June 2022 Lee said that running an all-electric kitchen would likely double his monthly expenses. Jenn Harriscolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2022 The coal minister, Pralhad Joshi, predicted that India’s coal requirements will double by 2040. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, 28 May 2022 And don't forget that your one piece can easily double as a bodysuit. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 13 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb This means there’s real tension when these armed pros are double-dealing and outfoxing each other and genuine shock when blood is explicitly shed in pursuit of the film’s McGuffin. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 Lowe connected on a two-run homer in the first and René Pinto had a second-inning RBI double off Zach Plesac (2-9) as Tampa Bay took a 3-0 lead. Mark Didtler, ajc, 30 July 2022 The president is fully vaccinated and double-boosted against the virus. Ken Thomas, WSJ, 27 July 2022 The Brewers, in turn, couldn't push Christian Yelich across after his two-out double in the sixth then stranded the bases loaded in the eighth when Willy Adames looked at a big breaking ball from Jhoán Duran for Strike 3. Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel, 26 July 2022 Biden is fully vaccinated and double-boosted, though at 79 years old, he's considered to be in a high-risk age group for severe infection. Tal Axelrod, ABC News, 25 July 2022 Baltimore responded to that first Judge homer with two runs in the bottom of the third, as Jorge Mateo’s double scored Ramón Urías and Cedric Mullins’ single scored Mateo, all with no outs. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 22 July 2022 The best way to mitigate this is to search for a higher thread count or double-enforced duvet inserts (or stick to a non-goose or duck-feather filling). Shivani Vyas, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 July 2022 The 24-year-old was arrested around 1:40 a.m. Thursday after NYPD noticed a 2014 Mercedes-Benz illegally double-parked at the corner of West 140th Street and Broadway, police said. Landon Mion, Fox News, 17 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Marlins first baseman Garrett Cooper gave the Marlins the lead with a double off the wall. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 4 Aug. 2022 Both teams had players making their big-league debuts Wednesday and the Dodgers’ newbie, DH Manuel Vargas, was the game’s standout, driving in a run with a double in his first at-bat, and another with a single in his second. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Aug. 2022 Steve Kwan opened the first with a double to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 2 Aug. 2022 Andrew Vaughn led off the sixth with a double against Lynch. Lamond Pope, Chicago Tribune, 1 Aug. 2022 Cleveland rookie Steven Kwan extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a fifth-inning double. Mark Didtler, ajc, 30 July 2022 Leadoff hitter Robbie Grossman opened the game with a ground-rule double, but the next three batters were retired and stranded him at third base. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 29 July 2022 Isiah Kiner-Falefa extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an RBI single, and Trevino followed with a double that increased the lead to 5-0 in the sixth. Todd Karpovich, Hartford Courant, 24 July 2022 In the 10th, Aaron Judge promptly doubled home the automatic runner off Jake Diekman, and Rizzo scored Judge with a double of his own. Globe Staff,, 9 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of double


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for double


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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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


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.



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.



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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