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 The final knock came with the double, but Henderson’s historic night began with a single into right field. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 29 June 2022 Sosa joined the Sox from Double-A Birmingham on Thursday and went 1-for-12 (.083) with a double in four games. Lamond Pope, Chicago Tribune, 28 June 2022 Overall, Thompson is five for 16 with a double, a home run and five RBIs. Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2022 Later in the inning, Jimmy Herron smashed a two-run double. Hartford Courant, 26 June 2022 Nolan Arenado followed with a double, and then Alexander hit Brendan Donovan. Curt Hogg, Journal Sentinel, 23 June 2022 Dominic Smith opened the third inning with a double and advanced to third on a groundout by Tomás Nido. Kristie Rieken, Chron, 22 June 2022 Graham lost Michael Turner's fly ball in the sun and the hit fell for a double to score Webb, who opened the inning with a single, and cut Arkansas' deficit to 2-1 in the first. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 22 June 2022 The Shamrocks, featuring a solid mix of veterans and two talented newcomers, defeated Great Crossing 57-56 in double overtime Sunday to capture the title in the 64-team bracket at the Titans Rockets Summer Shootout at Collins. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 19 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb According to Pam Nelson, the trust's director of land protection, the Northwest Arkansas region loses nine acres of open space each day and the population of the area is expected to double between 2020 and 2045. Benjamin Collins, Arkansas Online, 8 June 2022 When the visa was launched, Poland had a shortage of about 50,000 tech workers, with the number expected to double within the next 10 years if nothing is done. Elisabeth Braw, WSJ, 30 May 2022 Of the 40,000-plus boats in its inventory, a total of 1,100 reside in the U.S., and that number is expected to double by the end of this year, according to a company representative. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 26 May 2022 Seventy-five percent of them live in sub-Saharan Africa, where the electrification rate is just 45% and the population is expected to double by 2050. Jacqueline Novogratz, Fortune, 20 May 2022 Intel doubled the number of executive inclusion advocates in 2021 and the company is on track to double them again in 2022. Carolina Milanesi, Forbes, 16 May 2022 The other is backlot space, which is expected to soon double. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 12 May 2022 The camp typically attracts more than 60 kids, but is expected to double this year, Pisani said. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 25 Apr. 2022 Slevin and her husband were told when building Twin Sisters to settle on a budget, double it, and add 50%. oregonlive, 5 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Alexander was an escape artist in the early going, holding the Nationals off the scoreboard despite allowing a pair of baserunners in the first inning with one out, a one-out double in the second and then stranding the bases loaded in the third. Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel, 12 June 2022 Moore’s one-out double in the sixth inning was the Razorbacks’ only other hit. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, 15 May 2022 Two innings later, after OSU relievers Reid Sebby, DJ Carpenter and Ryan Brown — who earned the win — mowed through the Huskies lineup, the Goss Gods made up for that two-run double in the sun and set up Forrester’s walk-off. oregonlive, 23 Apr. 2022 Smith allowed a one-out double in the ninth, but nothing more. Creg Stephenson |, al, 14 Apr. 2022 Kyle Farmer hit a two-run double off Madison Bumgarner in the fifth inning, scoring Tyler Stephenson from first base, on a line drive to center field that skipped past diving center fielder Alek Thomas. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 7 June 2022 After Briana Perez's one-out double in the first, Trautwein retired 11 consecutive hitters before Alyssa Garcia led off the fifth with a single. Ryan Aber, USA TODAY, 6 June 2022 Fried worked around Randal Grichuk’s leadoff double in the sixth and helped snap Brendan Rodgers' 20-game hitting streak. Mike Cranston, ajc, 4 June 2022 The Guardians made it 6-0 on Naylor’s double off the right field scoreboard in the seventh to score Miller. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 3 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Smith sealed her double in the 86th minute after striking again from outside the box to make it 5-0. Mike Gramajo, Orlando Sentinel, 20 June 2022 Moncada went 5-for-6 with five RBIs, hitting a three-run home run in the first, a single in the fourth, a double in the sixth and RBI singles in the eighth and ninth. Lamond Pope, Chicago Tribune, 18 June 2022 On Wednesday, with the Brewers ahead 10-2, Renfroe threw out Jeff McNeil attempting to leg out a double to end the sixth inning from the gap in deep right-center. Curt Hogg, Journal Sentinel, 17 June 2022 Schunk also hit an RBI double in the eighth to give the Yard Goats a 6-2 lead. Hartford Courant, 12 June 2022 It was cut off and Longoria tried to stretch it into a double. Brian Mazique, Forbes, 12 June 2022 Connelly herself—not a stunt double—drove the factory-correct Silver Metallic 911 S coupe. Fortune, 28 May 2022 Zyria Palmer was 2-for-4 for Har-Ber (1-6, 0-2) and Anniston Reith had a double. Rick Fires, Arkansas Online, 18 Mar. 2022 Oregon scored three runs in the top of the eighth, two on a double from Anthony Hall, cutting the Louisville lead to 7-5. Brett Dawson, The Courier-Journal, 5 June 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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