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 Freddie Freeman doubled in the third and scored on Travis d’Arnaud’s double to make it 4-1. George Henry, ajc, 8 Sep. 2021 In practice, that means private decks with hot-spring fed pools, spacious bathrooms with soaking tubs, indoor and outdoor showers with double shower heads, and four poster beds. Devorah Lev-tov, Travel + Leisure, 8 Sep. 2021 Will the Buckeyes’ tackling improve in time to stifle a double dose of Ducks? Stephen Means, cleveland, 8 Sep. 2021 Abraham Toro followed with a double to right field to score two runs. Kristie Rieken, Chron, 8 Sep. 2021 The Tigers threatened in the eighth with a leadoff double from Miguel Cabrera — part of a 3-for-4 performance to reach 2,967 career hits — but Pirates reliever David Bednar easily escaped. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 8 Sep. 2021 After India hit a leadoff double, the Cubs intentionally walked Joey Votto with two outs. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 8 Sep. 2021 Cruz finished 4 for 5, with a double, and four RBIs. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2021 In an unsolved double homicide, Alex Murdaugh's 22-year-old son and wife were fatally shot multiple times and found dead June 7 at the family's Colleton County hunting estate. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To achieve the increase, the U.S. must install an average of 30 GW of solar capacity per year between now and 2025 — double its current rate — and 60 GW per year from 2025 to 2030. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 9 Sep. 2021 To achieve 40% solar power by 2035, the U.S. must install an average of 30 gigwatts of solar capacity per year between now and 2025 — double its current rate — and 60 gigawatts per year from 2025 to 2030, the report said. Matthew Daly, chicagotribune.com, 8 Sep. 2021 This may include desalination plants or an interstate pipeline to the Mississippi, which would take just 11 power plants and would double the flow of water to the Colorado River. Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2021 To add an extra challenge and double the fun, see if your kiddo can sing the song the next day. Helen Bond, Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2021 Pass legislation that would double the maximum Pell Grant - from its current level of $6,495 to $12,990 per year. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Nearly 200,000 headed to the polls for the 1983 general election which Raymond Flynn won, double what the city has seen in some more recent contests. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Aug. 2021 In July, average coronavirus case rates for the Bay Area rose to double digits for the first time since February. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Aug. 2021 Owners should also double-check that the device no longer appears in the Alexa app. Dan Goodin, Wired, 5 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Báez hit a two-out double and scored on two wild pitches from Miami starter Jesús Luzardo to give New York a 1-0 lead in the first. sun-sentinel.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Three of the first four batters reached to load the bases before Myers hit a sacrifice fly and Eric Hosmer followed with a two-run double to left. Bernie Wilson, ajc, 6 Sep. 2021 Reyes added a two-run double in the ninth and went 4 for 4, and Bradley Zimmer had a two-run single for the Indians, who matched their single-season record streak of homering in consecutive games, set in May of 2000. Ken Powtak, courant.com, 5 Sep. 2021 Olson lined a two-run double in the fifth for a 4-2 lead. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Sep. 2021 After the Sox let an early lead slip away, Kyle Schwarber came through with a tiebreaking two-run double off Cleveland reliever Trevor Stephan in the seventh inning, putting them ahead 5-3. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Sep. 2021 After Paul Fry loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth, Cruz struck a tiebreaking two-run double off Dillon Tate as the game devolved into a 10-6 loss for the Orioles, their ninth in 10 matchups with the Rays. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 7 Aug. 2021 Matt Olson slammed a two-run double off Tim Hill in the bottom of the 10th to clinch a 5-4 Oakland victory. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Aug. 2021 Blake WInk’s leadoff homer sparked a three-run, five-hit sixth inning that included a two-run double from Nick Hagedorn. Anchorage Daily News, 3 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After Brantley singled, Bregman hit an RBI double that pushed the lead to 2-0. Chron, 8 Sep. 2021 Corey Seager hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves in a matchup of playoff contenders Tuesday night. Beth Harris, ajc, 1 Sep. 2021 Kaikea Patoc-Young hit a double in the first inning after a fly ball out to center field. Brett Crossley, Detroit Free Press, 26 Aug. 2021 Cody Bellinger hit a tiebreaking double in the 10th inning to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Mets 2-1 on Saturday night after Will Smith homered in the seventh for the first hit off New York starter Taijuan Walker. Jerry Beach, courant.com, 15 Aug. 2021 Higashioka delivered a tying, pinch-hit double with one out and took third on LeMahieu’s single off Casey Sadler. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Aug. 2021 Jorge Polanco singled on a 3-2 pitch, and Nelson Cruz hit a ground-rule double. Lamond Pope, chicagotribune.com, 22 July 2021 With one out, Bader hit a double to left that scored DeJong. Warren Mayes, Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 The Padres ended the shutout two batters later when Profar hit a double to the center-field wall. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 2 July 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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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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