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 The Twins got two in the fourth as Miguel Sano doubled and stole third, Larnach walked and Sano scored on a line-drive double to right from Willians Astudillo. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 Lowe scored on Andy Ibanez's double to right field, which ricochetted off the base of the wall, for the first run against Skubal. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 21 July 2021 After the Reds scored a run to add to their lead, reliever Heath Hembree surrendered two hits in the eighth inning, including an RBI double to pinch-hitter Luis Guillorme. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 21 July 2021 The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Cody Bellinger reached on a fielder’s-choice grounder and scored from first on AJ Pollock’s double to right. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2021 The county known as the home of Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World has had cases double in the span of a week, Dr. Raul Pino of the Florida Department of Health said Monday, reporting 400 cases per day since Thursday. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, 14 July 2021 Pinch-hitter Orlando Arcia extended the Braves’ advantage with his RBI double in the eighth and Swanson singled Riley home in the ninth. sun-sentinel.com, 9 July 2021 After the Phillies cut it to 5-3 in the sixth, the Cubs replied with three runs in the bottom half on a single by Pederson and Wisdom’s double to the left field corner. Matt Carlson, ajc, 8 July 2021 The switch-hitting catcher hit three home runs with a double in 20 at-bats last week against Charlotte, and added to his minors-leading hit-by-pitch total with four. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, 6 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It’s the first fireworks legalization measure that would have allowed retailers to double their consumer firework space for from 5,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet. cleveland, 15 July 2021 Bernstein Research pointed out in a note to clients that VW’s monthly electric vehicle selling rate needs to double from a recent 33,000 to 70,000 if the overall target for the year of 600,000 battery electric vehicles (BEV) is to be reached. Neil Winton, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Sam Sosnitsky, for instance, was able to double the capacity of Ma Maison, her 35-seat restaurant in Beacon Hill, by adding two patios on both Cambridge and Anderson streets. BostonGlobe.com, 25 June 2021 The early education program Head Start provides free preschool to eligible 3- to 5-year-olds, and this new location allows for our partners at CAC to double their enrollment from 38 to 79 children. Calvin Ball, baltimoresun.com, 23 June 2021 To combat alleged unfair Canadian trade practices, a U.S. Commerce Department report has concluded that the country needs to double the tariff on Canadian lumber from 9% to 18%. Fortune, 29 May 2021 Following the latest pandemic-relief law, the national debt held by the public is projected to double from $17 trillion to $35 trillion between the end of 2019 and 2030. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 1 May 2021 That means equalizing the capital gains tax with the income tax would effectively double the tax rate on investment earnings to to 39.6% from the current 20%. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, 29 Apr. 2021 According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the U.S. will also have to double its share of carbon-free power to 80% from 40% today—half of which is now provided by nuclear—to have any hope of achieving Mr. Biden’s pledge. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb In case of extreme stress, double-masking may be appropriate: one over your mouth and nose, another over your eyes. BostonGlobe.com, 8 June 2021 On Inauguration Day, Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten Glezman, took a selfie double-masking and inaugural poet Amanda Gorman wore a surgical mask beneath her Prada version. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 21 Apr. 2021 Anderson added a two-run double in the sixth and scored on a bases-loaded walk by Goodwin, the fifth walk in the inning for the team. Lamond Pope, chicagotribune.com, 10 July 2021 Taylor Walls had a two-run double in the seventh for Tampa Bay. Mark Didtler, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 In the opener, Kiermaier had a two-run double in the first and connected on a three-run shot off J.C. Mejia (1-4) during the third. Mark Didtler, ajc, 7 July 2021 In the fourth, No. 9 hitter Ty Longo ripped a two-run double off the fence in left that plated Cam Grindle and Justice Ciampa. BostonGlobe.com, 26 June 2021 Jesse Winker followed a two-run double off the right-field wall for a 3-2 lead, a ball that landed a few inches away from a leaping right fielder Max Kepler. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 22 June 2021 Jarren Purify followed with an RBI single, and Joseph Randazzo added a two-run double to make it 8-0. Brad Emons, Detroit Free Press, 19 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Cedric Mullins led off with a double to knock Lester from the game, then Austin Hays soon doubled him home. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 25 July 2021 In the ninth, Akil Baddoo hit a two-run homer with one out to cut the deficit to 9-8 after pinch-hitter Eric Haase opened the inning with a double. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 25 July 2021 Jarren Duran helped light the fuse with a double to the triangle in center field that would have been an RBI triple had the ball not hopped into the stands. BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2021 Harrison Bader and Dylan Carlson each hit an RBI double in the seventh to put St. Louis ahead 2-1. Warren Mayes, Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 Perez led off with a double to left and was bunted to third by Benintendi before Sánchez issued walks to Dozier and Soler to load the bases. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 July 2021 Charlie Culberson was thrown out at home after leading off the third with a double. Dallas News, 17 July 2021 Matt Olson and Chad Pinder hit RBI singles, and Jed Lowrie hit an RBI double in the first. Chron, 7 July 2021 Sebastian Hernandez-Quinones came up with a big hit with a two-RBI double as the team put up three runs to take an 11-9 lead. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, 17 June 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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The first known use of double was in the 13th century

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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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