fivefold

adjective
five·​fold | \ˈfīv-ˌfōld, -ˈfōld\

Definition of fivefold 

1 : having five units or members

2 : being five times as great or as many

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fivefold \ ˈfīv-​ˈfōld \ adverb

Examples of fivefold in a Sentence

There has been a fivefold increase in membership this year.

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Chinese tech firms pumped $5bn into Indian startups in 2017, a fivefold increase on the year before. The Economist, "America’s tech giants vie with China’s in third countries," 5 July 2018 Federal figures show a fivefold increase in overdose deaths between 1999 and 2015 among Native Americans — the largest increase for any group in that time span. Mary Hudetz, The Seattle Times, "US makes up to $110M available to tribal crime victims," 26 June 2018 Air Methods, one of the nation's largest medical flight companies, made nearly $100 million in profit in 2016, a fivefold increase since 2012. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Arizona family shocked by $47,000 air ambulance bill for their child," 25 June 2018 CCS Insight forecasts 22 million virtual reality and augmented reality headsets and glasses of all types will be sold in 2018 — with fivefold growth to 121 million devices by 2022. Mike Freeman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Qualcomm aims to spark virtual reality market with stand-alone AR/VR chip," 29 May 2018 Another decade-long study found a fivefold increase in the number of newborns who experienced the opioid-withdrawal condition known as neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS: to eight per 1,000 hospital births from one and a half. Jennifer Egan, New York Times, "Children of the Opioid Epidemic," 9 May 2018 The percentage of young adult women who filled prescriptions for drugs used to treat attention deficit disorder has increased more than fivefold since 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday. Benedict Carey, New York Times, "Young Women Are Using A.D.H.D. Drugs in Greater Numbers, C.D.C. Reports," 18 Jan. 2018 Native Americans and Alaska Natives saw a fivefold increase in overdose deaths between 1999 and 2015, Dr. Michael Toedt told the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Fox News, "Native American overdose deaths surge since opioid epidemic," 14 Mar. 2018 In 2016, there were 2,843 breweries, a fivefold increase. Monroe Trombly, Cincinnati.com, "Cincy Beerfest organizers: 'We're educators' on beer," 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of fivefold

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

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fivefold

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fivefold

: five times as great or as many

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