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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Deliberately or not, the statement echoed the title of the memoirs of former Fed Chair Paul Volcker, who used high interest rates to lead the U.S. out of double-digit inflation in the 1980s. Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2022 Fishers used a Saturday tournament (vs. New Castle, Plainfield) to snap a two-game skid and clear double-digit wins for the 11th straight season (at least). Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Sep. 2022 He's started double-digit NFL games in each of his pro seasons. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 20 Sep. 2022 Sales at less-exclusive brands like Volkswagen and Audi have suffered double-digit drops. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2022 Stevens recorded double-digit assists with a team-leading 22. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Sep. 2022 According to our Action Labs database, Allen is 8-4-2 against the spread (ATS) as a double-digit favorite and 4-0-2 ATS when at home in the past six games in this spot. Michael Nwaneri, Chicago Tribune, 19 Sep. 2022 Arkansas hasn’t reached the double-digit win mark since. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 19 Sep. 2022 By neglecting the distinction between nominal and real interest rates, the Fed will continue to run this risk of repeating the mistakes that led to double-digit inflation in the 1970s. Andrew T. Levin And Mickey D. Levy, WSJ, 19 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Amazon saves nearly $50 million annually in Morrow County and is seeking new tax breaks that could more than double its local footprint. oregonlive, 16 Sep. 2022 On a monthly basis, economists expect core prices rose 0.4% in August — double what the Fed would prefer — up from 0.3% in July. Christopher Rugaber, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Sep. 2022 That would put it on par with the upcoming USB4 Version 2.0 specification and double the throughput of today's Thunderbolt 4. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 13 Sep. 2022 The price of two new reactors at Georgia's Plant Vogtle — set to start operation in 2023 — climbed to more than $30 billion, double their original price tag. The Week Staff, The Week, 4 Sep. 2022 New owner plans to double production volume at Stone’s commercial brewing facilities in Escondido and Richmond, Va., over the next 18 months. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Sep. 2022 If that team beats a team outright at its stadium, and the rematch loser of the first game is an underdog, double your bet on that road division underdog. Danny Sheridan, al, 2 Sep. 2022 But, why not be like Amazon and Peloton and other big sellers and double your chances of success? Steve Strauss, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2022 IPS Black is a type of IPS panel that's supposed to double the typical contrast ratio of traditional IPS by delivering darker black levels. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 25 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Myles Straw put the Guardians in front to stay with a two-run double in the 11th off Jake Diekman. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 21 Sep. 2022 Myles Straw broke the 5-5 tie with a two-run double against Jake Diekman. Chicago Tribune, 20 Sep. 2022 At the same time, they also haven’t been spared by an algorithm that’s notoriously double-edged, often doling out success unequally to creators. Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 15 Sep. 2022 Gleyber Torres delivered a three-run double in the 10th and Wandy Peralta saved the Yankees' 7-6 win, striking out Rafael Devers, representing the winning run. Pete Caldera, USA TODAY, 14 Sep. 2022 Gleyber Torres split the outfield with a three-run double off Jeurys Familia in the 10th, but that was also made possible by the Yankees’ 6-foot-7-inch slugger. Julian Mcwilliams, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Sep. 2022 Donovan hit a one-out double off Kenley Jansen (5-1) in the ninth and advanced to third on a wild pitch. David Solomon, ajc, 28 Aug. 2022 After Szapucki took over, Willi Castro hammered a two-run double to left field. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 24 Aug. 2022 Oncologists have increasingly seen mammograms as a double-edged scalpel. Angus Chen, STAT, 30 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Aaron, who spent the final two years of his career in 1975 and 1976 with the Brewers, added an RBI double later in the game against the Tigers. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 23 Sep. 2022 Rookie left-hander Kirby Snead allowed a Kelenic double that plated France and a softly hit double down the third-base line by Adam Frazier that scored two runs. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Sep. 2022 In the fourth, Carroll laced a Dustin May cutter into right-center field, his 107 mph shot scooting past center fielder Trayce Thompson for a bases-clearing double. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 21 Sep. 2022 Schunk hit his Eastern League-leading 32nd double and also set a franchise RBI record with 77. Staff Reports, Hartford Courant, 18 Sep. 2022 Alvarez, who ranks second in the AL with 37 homers, drove in three runs with a double in Houston’s five-run third inning. Kristie Rieken, ajc, 18 Sep. 2022 After breezing through the first inning in six pitches, Washington starter Josiah Gray gave up a single and a double to begin the second, and Bryan De La Cruz and Miguel Rojas followed with RBI groundouts. Patrick Stevens, Sun Sentinel, 17 Sep. 2022 With Mike Trout on first after singling, Ohtani hit a double that nearly was a home run to left field. Sarah Valenzuela, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2022 Hyde turned the game over to right-hander Jake Reed, who promptly gave up a walk and a bases-clearing double to Raimel Tapia. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 17 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for double

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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