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 upshe 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 Simpson was the only player to reach double figures for Michigan. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Kaleb Wesson’s double-double leads Ohio State basketball in ugly 61-58 road win over Michigan," 5 Feb. 2020 Klobuchar’s poll numbers in Iowa have steadily edged up over the past month, to crack double digits. Fox News, "Klobuchar says she's moving on to New Hampshire 'no matter what'," 4 Feb. 2020 Mays does a little bit of everything for the Tigers and has scored in double figures in all but three games this season. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky's Nick Richards could boost SEC Player of the Year chances vs. Mississippi State," 3 Feb. 2020 The Crimson fell behind early by double figures against both Penn and Princeton. Joe Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "UMass men’s basketball has success that doesn’t show in the numbers," 3 Feb. 2020 Five of Seattle Pacific’s eight players scored in double figures Saturday night to boost the league-leading Falcons to a 79-73 win over the UAA men’s basketball team. Anchorage Daily News, "League-leading Seattle Pacific holds off UAA men’s basketball team," 2 Feb. 2020 Four other Hornets finished in double figures, including Cody Zeller, who had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Tom Orsborn, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Spurs rally behind Jakob Poeltl, DeMar DeRozan," 1 Feb. 2020 This was also Williams’ third straight game in double figures. Spenser Davis, Dallas News, "3 takeaways from Oklahoma’s Bedlam win over Oklahoma State: Brady Manek’s big first half sets tone," 1 Feb. 2020 N’Yah Boyd scored 20 points but was the Mean Green’s only player to finish in double figures. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "Women's basketball: UNT can't slow Rice's roll," 1 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So far, six people have died from coronavirus, a number which doubled just in the last two days. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "A Deadly Coronavirus Is Spreading In China, But What Exactly Is It?," 21 Jan. 2020 Job recovers his donkeys and camels, his mules and sheep, doubled in number. Christian Wiman, Harper's magazine, "The Cancer Chair," 20 Jan. 2020 And even if dark matter operates through channels invisible to MAGIS-100, the apparatus doubles as a pathfinding gravitational-wave detector. Charlie Wood, Scientific American, "New Instrument Will Stretch Atoms into Giant Waves," 18 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, the suicide rate for adolescent girls has doubled since 2007. Jean Twenge, The Conversation, "Why teen depression rates are rising faster for girls than boys," 16 Jan. 2020 The idea had precedent: In 2006, Ethiopia initiated a program to train eight neurologists, one for each of the eight medical schools in the nation, which quickly doubled the nation’s neurologists. Oliver Staley, Quartz Africa, "Zambia has 17 million people, a stroke epidemic, and no neurologists," 30 Dec. 2019 Cranford, who doubled as a Preferred Family executive, later faced several charges of his own. Eric Besson, Arkansas Online, "Figure in graft case sentenced to 1 year; Jones linked to state lobbying scheme," 17 Dec. 2019 While the transition was brutal for many, the gains were broadly shared: Real wages for the working class doubled in the first half of the century, and life expectancy at birth rose dramatically in the second half. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "The Real Trouble With Silicon Valley," 17 Dec. 2019 The 49ers also have a strong and versatile fullback in former Raven Kyle Juszczyk, who also doubles as a tight end and H-back. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Preston’s preview: Key matchup, what’s at stake in Sunday’s Ravens-49ers game," 29 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb When first met, the O'Hara clan looks like a Ralph Lauren double-page spread come to life. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Nest': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 27 Jan. 2020 On the ensuing drive, Holgorsen double-pumped on a blitz from UConn and hit Jeremy Singleton, who made a double move for a 58-yard touchdown. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "UH struggles in win against UConn for first conference victory of season," 19 Oct. 2019 With their playoff double-bye, the Mystics were playing their first game in nine days. Ian Quillen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Delle Donne, Meesseman help Mystics edge Aces, 97-95," 17 Sep. 2019 Europol registered some 700 people a year being arrested in Europe for religiously inspired and jihadist terrorism in 2015-17, double as many as in 2013-14. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "Jihadists Behind Bars Pose New Threats for Europe," 9 Jan. 2019 Piston player to reach double-figures with 4:27 left in the period. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Shorthanded Rockets fall at home to Pistons," 14 Dec. 2019 Williams double-faulted eight times in all, including three times on break point, part of her 33 unforced errors, nearly twice as many as Andreescu’s 17. Washington Post, "Bianca Andreescu beats Serena Williams in US Open final," 7 Sep. 2019 Williams double-faulted eight times in all, including three times on break point, part of her 33 unforced errors, nearly twice as many as Andreescu's 17. Howard Fendrich, Houston Chronicle, "Bianca Andreescu beats Serena Williams in U.S. Open final," 7 Sep. 2019 The facility is down 38 corrections officers, the official said, forcing those on duty to work double and even triple shifts to fill in the gaps. NBC News, "Jail where Jeffrey Epstein died had 'serious irregularities,' AG Barr says," 12 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That seems like a small price for the league’s leader in double-doubles and a stat-sheet stuffer. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Inside Cleveland Cavaliers’ trade for Andre Drummond, a player they’ve coveted for a while and consider a ‘long-term play’," 7 Feb. 2020 In 131 games last year, Sirí had a .237 batting average and .300 on-base percentage with 11 homers, 19 doubles and 53 RBI. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Seattle Mariners claim Cincinnati Reds prospect José Sirí off waivers," 3 Feb. 2020 His mother, Julia (née Salnikova), was born in Moscow, and cracked the top two hundred in both singles and doubles in the early nineties. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, "Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Percy Shelley of Tennis, Takes Aim at the Australian Open," 19 Jan. 2020 Phoenix Chinese Week Table Tennis Open The annual event, which welcomes singles, doubles and teams of all skill levels, is open to the public for playing and spectating. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Lunar New Year 2020 events around Phoenix: 8 ways to celebrate the Year of the Rat," 17 Jan. 2020 Splitting between first base and outfield, Cooper demonstrated his hitting and raw power in 2019, batting .281/.344/.446 (111 wRC+) with 15 home runs, 16 doubles and a 1.3 WAR in 107 games. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "Due to injury concerns, Marlins say Garrett Cooper may not be everyday player next season," 12 Dec. 2019 His age-22 season at Triple-A Norfolk was a fabulous offensive performance; Mountcastle hit .312/.344/.527 with 25 home runs and 25 doubles while earning International League Most Valuable Player honors. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Who will the Orioles add to their roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft? Breaking down the top candidates," 20 Nov. 2019 Sunday’s game also marked Vucevic’s seventh straight double-double and his 10th overall on the season. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic center Nikola Vucevic named NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week," 17 Nov. 2019 Luka has had 36-point triple-doubles as a player against Kawhi Leonard. Dallas News, "Derek Harper: Luka Doncic’s play is ‘right in the same breath’ as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson," 24 Jan. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for double

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The first known use of double was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

7 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Double.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doubling. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for double

double

adjective
How to pronounce double (audio)

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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