eight·​fold | \ ˈāt-ˌfōld How to pronounce eightfold (audio) , -ˈfōld \

Definition of eightfold

1 : having eight units or members
2 : being eight times as great or as many an eightfold increase

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eightfold \ ˈāt-​ˈfōld How to pronounce eightfold (audio) \ adverb

Examples of eightfold in a Sentence

There has been an eightfold increase in membership in the past year.
Recent Examples on the Web China now has 32 youth ice hockey clubs, an eightfold increase from 2012. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 4 Dec. 2021 Its assets under management grew more than eightfold in the past decade. Jing Yang, WSJ, 2 June 2021 Not surprisingly, some online learning platforms have seen an eightfold increase in enrollment. Stefan Lederer, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 While that is correct — there were nearly 2,000 people hospitalized at the peak in January — the current level of hospital patients also represents an eightfold increase from early July. Alex Mann, baltimoresun.com, 30 Sep. 2021 Even conservative respondents overestimated the number by at least eightfold. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 3 May 2021 Vaccines provide an eightfold reduction in people getting the disease and a 25-fold reduction in both Covid-19 related hospitalizations and deaths, Fauci said. CNN, 4 Aug. 2021 On Tuesday, the CDC added more than 50,000 new COVID-19 cases in the state over the previous three days, pushing the seven-day average to one the highest counts since the pandemic began, an eightfold increase since July 4. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Aug. 2021 As of July 24, there were 178.6 new cases per week per 100,000 unvaccinated people, compared with 21.4 new cases per week per 100,000 vaccinated people — an eightfold reduction. Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2021

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First Known Use of eightfold

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

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“Eightfold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eightfold. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of eightfold

: eight times as great or as many

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