five·​fold | \ ˈfīv-ˌfōld How to pronounce fivefold (audio) , -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 How to pronounce fivefold (audio) \ adverb

Examples of fivefold in a Sentence

There has been a fivefold increase in membership this year.
Recent Examples on the Web Since the beginning of the outbreak in early 2020, the company’s trailing 12-month revenue has surged more than fivefold while its market value has gone from the $20 billion range to more than $100 billion. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 19 July 2021 Citigroup profits jumped more than fivefold from a year earlier, helped by an improving economy that resulted in fewer bad loans on the bank’s balance sheet. Washington Post, 14 July 2021 But during rest, the brain replayed about 25 repetitions of the sequence, and that’s a fivefold increase over the same amount of time. Karen Hopkin, Scientific American, 7 July 2021 The study also found the percentage of men without any close friends jumped from 3 percent to 15 percent, a fivefold increase. Daniel Cox, National Review, 6 July 2021 XPeng delivered 13,340 cars in the first three months of this year, up more than fivefold from the same quarter a year earlier. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, 23 June 2021 In New York City, authorities received more than 1,000 drag racing complaints over six months last year — a nearly fivefold increase over the same period in 2019. Mara Klecker, Star Tribune, 6 June 2021 That was a fivefold increase over March 2020, and easily double the number of run-ins that agents would typically have in the springtime. Seth Harp, Rolling Stone, 14 June 2021 Revenue rose 65% to 3.6 billion ringgit and net profit was up nearly fivefold to 1.1 billion ringgit last year. Anu Raghunathan, Forbes, 2 June 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fivefold

: five times as great or as many


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