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.

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Planners considered the quantity of the Flint River as a limiting factor, not quality, with a bustling car industry and projected fivefold growth from the 1960 census population of almost 200,000 people. Dustin Renwick, National Geographic, "Five years on, the Flint water crisis is nowhere near over," 25 Apr. 2019 Until May, the stock had been among the best performers in the semiconductor index, logging a more than fivefold gain since 2016. Jeran Wittenstein, The Seattle Times, "Record chip stock rally is fraying, reviving painful memories," 10 Sep. 2018 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,, "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

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First Known Use of fivefold

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

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: five times as great or as many

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