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

In fact, Young, who has averaged in double figures in every season but his rookie year, has started 309 of 309 games over his previous four seasons. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Thaddeus Young agrees to multiyear deal with Bulls on opening night of NBA free agency," 30 June 2019 Hood proved a productive part of the Blazers’ rotation during the final third of the regular season, scoring in double figures in 11 of 27 games and leading the team, including a season-high 27 points in carrying Portland to a road win in Charlotte. oregonlive.com, "NBA free agency 2019: Rodney Hood reportedly re-signing with Portland Trail Blazers on 2-year deal," 30 June 2019 Four players reached double figures in scoring for the Fever, with Kelsey Mitchell and Candice Dupree leading the way with 21 and 20 points, respectively. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Fever unable to break losing skid, fall to Las Vegas in overtime," 30 June 2019 Cunningham was one of four players in double-figure scoring as the Mercury (4-5) won their second straight to take the season series over Indiana (5-8). Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Rookie Sophie Cunningham breaks out with 19 points in Mercury rout," 28 June 2019 Only five players on the U.S. side have notched double figures in caps, and five are from the USA Sevens, who reached the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup Sevens. San Diego Union-Tribune, "U.S. women’s rugby faces difficult challenge in San Diego series," 27 June 2019 Starter Gabriel Ynoa allowed seven earned runs over 2 1/3 innings and had to minimize a big jam in the second inning to stay out of double figures. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles end seven-game West Coast trip with one victory after 13-3 loss to Mariners," 23 June 2019 In 50 career games since, Jank has averaged 6.2 points and 5.0 rebounds, scoring in double figures eight times. Brian Howell, The Denver Post, "CU Buffs’ Annika Jank driven to succeed in junior year," 19 June 2019 Coach Jill Ellis made seven changes to the lineup as the US took a 3-0 win over Chile in Paris on Sunday, in a dominating performance that might have been a double-figure result if not for the goalkeeping of Cristiane Endler. Frank Dell’apa, BostonGlobe.com, "Even with a number of starters sitting out, US dominates," 16 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The amount of renewable energy on the US grid has doubled in the past decade without interregional wires. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "The Real Challenge for the Green New Deal Isn’t Politics," 9 July 2019 The price has nearly doubled from 2012 to 2016, according to the nonprofit organization Health Care Cost Institute. Katrina Pross, Twin Cities, "Diabetics from Minnesota make trek to Canada in search of affordable insulin," 7 July 2019 The state’s contribution doubles the amount of money pledged to help build the campus, something backers estimate will require $30 million to $40 million. oregonlive.com, "Potential Southern Oregon health careers college receives $10 million boost from state," 3 July 2019 The pace of the decline more than doubled from the previous year, according to the Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Australia continues to see steady drop in new HIV infections," 2 July 2019 At the same time, the startup has more than doubled in size since last spring, and now employs 750 people. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "EV startup Rivian has poached dozens from Ford, McLaren, Tesla, and Faraday Future," 2 July 2019 Theproposed ruleswould also allow schools that have failed to meet accreditation standards up to four years to fix their issues — double the previous amount of two years. Chris Quintana, USA TODAY, "A worthless degree? Betsy DeVos wants to change rules for which colleges stay open, close," 21 June 2019 The $21 billion proposal would double the amount by including an insurance policy requiring a $10.5 billion contribution from the three utilities. Katherine Blunt, WSJ, "Gavin Newsom Proposes Wildfire Fund to Bolster PG&E, Other California Utilities," 21 June 2019 The contracts will nearly double the amount of oxygen Air Liquide supplies to Marathon's Texas City and Garyville refineries, bringing the total to 1.8 million metric tons. Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle, "Marathon Petroleum, Air Liquide ink big oxygen deal for Texas refineries," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Cleveland favorite Michael Brantley had an early RBI double off losing pitcher Clayton Kershaw. chicagotribune.com, "American League strikes out 16 National League hitters to win its 7th straight All-Star Game," 10 July 2019 Other details include authentic vintage door knobs and hinges, restored double-hung windows, and reproduction light fixtures. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Towering 1887 Queen Anne asks $1.3M," 9 July 2019 Cleveland favorite Michael Brantley had an early RBI double off losing pitcher Clayton Kershaw. Ben Walker, The Mercury News, "AL strikes out 16, holds off NL for 4-3 win in All-Star Game," 9 July 2019 Instead, Cleveland favorite Michael Brantley had an early RBI double off losing pitcher Clayton Kershaw, Jorge Polanco drove in a run with an infield single and another scored on a double-play grounder. Ben Walker, The Denver Post, "AL holds off NL for 4-3 win in All-Star Game," 9 July 2019 Honduras saw homicide rates more than double between 2005 and 2010, and became the world's most murderous country in 2012. Jack Guy, CNN, "Why Hondurans are taking to the streets or leaving the country," 6 July 2019 The account reposts Instagram photos showing people setting unpermitted fires, camping illegally, standing on Highway 1’s double yellow lines (a popular conceit on Instagram) and other misdeeds. Nick Rahaim, SFChronicle.com, "Traffic, selfies, poop: Tourists erode beauty of Big Sur," 5 July 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 Offensive Linemen for 2019 | The MMQB NFL Podcast," 2 July 2019 In the second, Jeimer Candelario had a leadoff double, but never made it home. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers observations: Anibal Sanchez extends Tigers' skid in Comerica Park return," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Dahl enters the All-Star Game hitting .308 with 55 runs, 93 hits, 23 doubles, four triples, 12 home runs, 51 RBIs, .352 on-base average and .530 slugging percentage. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "David Dahl overcomes injuries on way to All-Star Game," 9 July 2019 Like tennis it can be played by singles or doubles, but uses a lower net than tennis. Cincinnati.com, "West Chester adds pickleball courts at Keehner Park," 5 July 2019 Starter Wade Miley and a carousel of four relievers permitted five singles and two doubles. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros battle on the road to sweep series against Rockies," 4 July 2019 Instead of being locked into foursomes for several hours, golfers can play as singles or doubles, or with any number of players up to six. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "Fore? Indoor golf soars, as outdoor golf struggles," 4 July 2019 In the Giants’ 11 games preceding the homestand, Pillar had hits in 10 of them and hit .395 with 14 runs scored, three doubles, four home runs and 10 RBIs. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Kevin Pillar emerges as Giants’ most consistent offensive threat," 24 June 2019 Key stats: Batted .379 with 33 runs, six doubles, six home runs, 20 RBIs. Lamond Pope, Lake County News-Sun, "Introducing the 2019 News-Sun Baseball All-Area Team," 14 June 2019 Tampa Bay didn’t have much trouble with Norris, recording 11 hits — eight singles and three doubles. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers observations: Offense hits the snooze button after brief wake-up call," 6 June 2019 Jones, who led off Sunday's game in Cleveland with a home run, has nine doubles, two triples and five homers since May 24. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers provide more of the same in return home, lose 5-3 to Rangers," 25 June 2019

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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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