dou·bly | \ ˈdə-b(ə-)lē \

Definition of doubly 

1 : in a twofold manner

2 : to twice the degree doubly glad doubly frustrating

3 : in two ways : for two reasons The gentle rain was a doubly good thing because it washed the pollen off our cars. —Glynn Moore

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Synonyms for doubly


double, twice, twofold

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Examples of doubly in a Sentence

Her grades and musical talent make her parents doubly proud of her. we were doubly certain of her guilt after we read the article in the newspaper

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So, the doubly divisive, gut-wrenching issue is back in serious play. John Baer,, "Expect Trump's Supreme Court pick to heighten abortion's impact on Pa. governor race," 8 July 2018 And mounting a new challenge in the upcoming season could be doubly difficult given the players they are expected to lose., "Man City Consider Battling Liverpool for £30m-Rated Championship Attacker This Summer," 30 Apr. 2018 Building a program up is doubly difficult when a rival up the street is an absolute powerhouse. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "John Beilein's system big winner in Michigan basketball's NCAA run," 4 Apr. 2018 All of this must’ve been doubly difficult for Jamison who is prodigiously exceptional. Priscilla Gilman,, "A long and winding road but to where?," 30 Mar. 2018 His frustration with Argentina’s national team makes it doubly so. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "A Teenage Star Speeds France Past Argentina in World Cup," 30 June 2018 That’s what’s doubly (or septuply) unfortunate about this unhappy heptalogy of feature-length flops. Jason Kehe, WIRED, "Sci-Fi Invades Netflix—as They Both Invade Your Home," 9 July 2018 The finer thread makes for a doubly dense weave, says Kozibeyokian, with as many as 144 knots per square inch. Glenn Dixon, Smithsonian, "The Age-Old Tradition of Armenian Carpet Making Refuses to Be Swept Under the Rug," 6 July 2018 The device is almost always clumsy and rarely welcome, but what makes this instance doubly weird, is that very little is revealed. Mick Lasalle, Houston Chronicle, "Review: ‘Boundaries’ a trip to nowhere," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of doubly

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of doubly

: much more than usual or previously : to a much higher degree than usual

: in two ways : for two reasons


dou·bly | \ ˈdə-blē \

Kids Definition of doubly

: to two times the amount or degree doubly glad

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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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