eight·​fold ˈāt-ˌfōld How to pronounce eightfold (audio)
: having eight units or members
: being eight times as great or as many
an eightfold increase
eightfold adverb

Example Sentences

There has been an eightfold increase in membership in the past year.
Recent Examples on the Web Blood samples from people who had been infected with the original omicron variant saw an almost eightfold drop in neutralizing antibody production when tested against the BA.4 and BA.5 sublineages, the study, led by the Africa Health Research Institute in South Africa, showed. Fortune, 1 May 2022 Operations have now rebounded beyond prewar levels, according to the office, with 9,120 marriages recorded at the main registry and satellite branches elsewhere in the capital in the first five months of the war — a more than eightfold leap from 1,110 in the same period in the previous year. Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2022 In Puerto Rico, apprehensions of migrants by U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Ramey Sector in Aguadilla have reached 816 since Oct. 1, a more than eightfold increase over the same period a year earlier, said Scott Garrett, acting chief patrol agent. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, 12 Feb. 2022 The scene ramified in the nineteen-eighties and nineties, when the city’s Mexican population grew eightfold. David Kortava, The New Yorker, 14 Jan. 2022 The eightfold increase in natural gas prices since the war began presents a historic threat to Europe’s industrial might, living standards, and social peace and cohesion. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, 8 Sep. 2022 Candida auris infections rose more than eightfold in the U.S. between 2017 and 2021, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — from 171 annual cases to 1,420. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 13 Aug. 2022 While its stock has fallen in recent months, Tesla shares soared more than eightfold in 2020. Eliot Brown, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2021 Annual free cash flow—Broadcom’s true North Star—has grown nearly eightfold to $13.3 billion in that time. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 1 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of eightfold was before the 12th century

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“Eightfold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eightfold. Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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