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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The staff are sincere; the interiors, a mixture of hague blue walls, teal and grey velvet upholstery, all doubly highlighted through a clever use of mirrors. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "These Are the World’s Sexiest Bedrooms, According to Two Globe-Trotters Who Would Know," 14 Nov. 2018 That’s doubly true now that Rick has left the picture. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Walking Dead has condemned itself for all time," 5 Nov. 2018 The result is bone-soothing, slumber-inducing warmth, which makes the work seem wise when temperatures dive—and doubly so when the oil truck passes us by. Popular Mechanics, "When Storms Fell the Trees, Father and Son Make the Most of the Mess," 13 Oct. 2018 Factories must run 24 hours a day, making periods when prices fall below the cost of production doubly painful. Jeran Wittenstein, The Seattle Times, "Record chip stock rally is fraying, reviving painful memories," 10 Sep. 2018 That's perhaps doubly important for a novel type of asset that experiences wild price swings nearly daily and that has a reputation as a currency favored by black market drug dealers and criminals. Brian Fung,, "Coinbase is building a cryptocurrency empire," 18 May 2018 That makes global connections and public service, which are emphasized in all Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, doubly important. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "'It doesn't seem right:' Charlotte teens say if U.S. won't help Puerto Rico, they will | Charlotte Observer," 9 Apr. 2018 This is doubly important with a president like Trump. David Scharfenberg,, "How do you translate Donald Trump into Kim Jong Un’s Korean?," 16 Mar. 2018 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

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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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