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 upshe 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 That’s more than double the national average of 5.2 acres, according to the study. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Which North Texas city has the best parks?," 20 May 2020 In the South Bronx neighborhoods of Hunts Point and Longwood, asthma hospitalization rates are nearly double the city average. Rachel Ramirez, Wired, "The Drive to Replace Summer-Only ‘Peaker’ Power Plants," 19 May 2020 Mike Callicrate, a rancher and meat processor in Kansas, said his business is up more than double for beef, pork and poultry. Lydia Mulvany, Deena Shanker And Kim Chipman, Houston Chronicle, "There's plenty of meat in America - for those who can afford it," 17 May 2020 Saturday's round of matches attracted over six million viewers, according to specialist website DWDL.de, more than double the usual figure after the two-month hiatus. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Bayern sinks minnow Union Berlin on Bundesliga resumption," 17 May 2020 Scott, the 6-foot-2, 231-pound workhorse, received more than double the carries (178) than his next closest competitor, James (81), last season. Jon Blau, Indianapolis Star, "NFL hopes drive IU football running backs," 13 May 2020 In Kansas, rates of infection are more than double for Latinos than non-Latinos, despite being tested at a significantly higher rate. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Lawmakers ask DOJ to investigate why coronavirus hits people of color harder," 8 May 2020 The April total alone was more than double the total losses during the Great Recession. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "The daily business briefing: May 7, 2020," 7 May 2020 The study found that the mortality rate for black women in America is 37.1 deaths per 100,000 births -- more than double the rate for white women. Guest Voices, al, "Coronavirus policies create confusion for birth doulas, mothers," 6 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Its shares have more than doubled since shelter in place orders went into effect in mid-March. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Shopify’s Blurred Lines Are Hard to Hate," 26 May 2020 The number of tents had more than doubled since the shelter-in-place order went into effect, to nearly four hundred. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "A Window Onto an American Nightmare," 25 May 2020 From March 1 to May 8, seizures of cash in the greater Los Angeles area have more than doubled from $4.5 million last year to $10 million during the same period this year. NBC News, "COVID-19 is costing drug cartels millions of dollars," 24 May 2020 Meanwhile, the number of software developers working in San Francisco has more than doubled over the past decade. Carly Stern, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area’s artists are struggling more than ever in coronavirus shutdown," 22 May 2020 That is, battery costs have tended to fall by 18 percent every time global battery output has doubled. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The story of cheaper batteries, from smartphones to Teslas," 22 May 2020 The number of spray bottles with disinfectant has more than doubled from 10 to 25 — one for every person working out in the space. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin gyms reopen with capacity limits and disinfectant," 21 May 2020 Within the past two decades alone, the amount of money spent on Washington lobbying has doubled, to the point where the annual budget for influencing Congress now far exceeds the annual budget for the House and Senate itself. David Litt, Time, "The Coronavirus Crisis in the U.S. Is a Failure of Democracy," 20 May 2020 Tigard’s population more than doubled from 2010 to 2018, according to U.S. Census data. oregonlive, "Tigard voters say yes to property taxes for police, Canby schools score with construction bond: 2020 primary election results," 20 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb One Tucson nursing home alone, Sapphire Nursing Home and Rehab, saw its COVID-19 cases more than double within the last month with 60 residents and 30 staffers infected as well as reports of multiple deaths. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Republic, other media file lawsuit to reveal which Arizona nursing homes have deadly COVID-19 outbreaks," 5 May 2020 One worker, who was eight months pregnant, had to spend three weeks working double-shifts. USA TODAY, "USDA inspector dies as coronavirus spreads in meat packing plants.," 23 Apr. 2020 That goes double now that homebound employees are probably grappling with unaccustomed distractions. Anne Fisher, Fortune, "3 tips from Adobe on moving employee training online in response to the coronavirus," 3 Apr. 2020 Long-term care facilities have been hard hit by the coronavirus in Arizona, with one Tucson nursing home alone seeing its COVID-19 cases more than double within the last month. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "State health official won't reveal which nursing homes have COVID-19 outbreaks without a judge's order," 29 Apr. 2020 The public’s interest in a new heist and outrage at Rio’s treatment results in mass government protests demanding a public trial of Rio, which double as a way into the Bank of Spain for the Professor. Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, "How Netflix hit Money Heist raises the stakes with its second heist," 29 Apr. 2020 This was after the Nazis double-crossed the Soviets, breaking the original alliance. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Our murderous friends, &c.," 29 Apr. 2020 Domestic Thousands of Indiana residents are applying for unemployment benefits with every passing week of the coronavirus pandemic — at a rate more than double the highest levels of claims filed during the Great Recession. Amelia Pak-harvey, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana's unemployment funds will likely run out, experts say," 14 Apr. 2020 Kathy Dudley Helms, an employment lawyer based in Columbia, S.C., recommends that employees double-check their company policy. WSJ, "You Have Coronavirus Questions, We Have Answers," 13 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Put it this way: Billy Hatcher was 9-for-12 with six runs, four doubles, a triple and three walks in his 15 plate appearances - good for an OPS of 2.050 - and he WASN'T named World Series MVP. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Guest TML: Proposed MLB realignment would change Reds' schedule; Andy Dalton suitors," 30 Apr. 2020 The duo appeared in every game during the abbreviated campaign and finished ranked 1-2 in batting average and on-base percentage and among the top three in hits, runs, doubles, triples and OPS. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "UT’s David Pierce hails eligibility relief as ‘victory’," 1 Apr. 2020 Morant himself goes into the game with a similar hot streak, after recording his first career triple-double against the Washington Wizards. Calum Trenaman, CNN, "Kobe Bryant's absence looms large over the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend," 14 Feb. 2020 Nevin, 22, got off to a slow start at Double-A Hartford, but finished with a .251 average, 13 home runs and 26 doubles in 130 games. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Lefty Ben Bowden, first baseman Tyler Nevin among 4 added to Rockies’ 40-man roster," 20 Nov. 2019 Enter the water at Whittier, a harbor town 60 miles southeast of Anchorage, where a number of rental shops offer fiberglass doubles, drysuits, and maps of camping spots along the sound (from $185 for two days from Alaska Sea Kayak Rentals). Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "9 Unforgettable Ocean Adventures to Plan Now," 27 Apr. 2020 Discounted down to $122.50 from $175 ($52.50 in savings), this high-quality clutch doubles as a crossbody thanks to its detachable 23-inch strap. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Coach's top-rated leather bags and shoes just went on sale," 27 Apr. 2020 Top 20 doubles players would also contribute $5,000 each. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "More Than $6 Million in Relief Coming for Lower-Ranked Tennis Players," 21 Apr. 2020 For example, any experienced player of Pathologic will tell you that the price of food doubles on the second of the 12 in-game days, as people, spurred on by rumors of an epidemic, buy up most of what's on the shelves. Julie Muncy, Wired, "Pathologic Is the Perfect Videogame to Revisit Right Now," 17 Apr. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for double

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

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Last Updated

29 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Double.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/double. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for double

double

adjective
How to pronounce double (audio)

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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