fourfold

adjective
four·​fold | \ ˈfȯr-ˌfōld How to pronounce fourfold (audio) , -ˈfōld\

Definition of fourfold

1 : being four times as great or as many
2 : having four units or members

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fourfold \ ˈfȯr-​ˈfōld How to pronounce fourfold (audio) \ adverb

Examples of fourfold in a Sentence

There has been a fourfold increase in membership this year.

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The training involves both an Oak Harbor base airstrip as well as a second airfield near Coupeville, which would have 24,100 takeoffs and landings, a fourfold increase over earlier levels. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Washington state sues Navy over expansion of Growler jet training on Whidbey Island," 9 July 2019 Researchers recorded a fourfold to sevenfold reduction in the number of elephant seals killed by great white sharks during years in which they were scared away. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "Orcas May Turn Great White Sharks into Scaredy Cats," 8 July 2019 Between 1976 and 2016, their number grew more than fourfold to 6.1 million, according to the Sentencing Project, which advocates for loosening restrictions. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "A Voting Rights Push: Allowing Felons to Cast Ballots," 10 May 2018 To figure out the role of the second number, look at the last two curves: Both exhibit fourfold symmetry, but the third curve is more complex internally than the fourth, with more looping. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Creating Art With Mathematics’," 30 Oct. 2015 The Federal Aviation Administration is projecting a fourfold increase, from more than 110,000 currently, in the number of commercial drones flying in U.S. skies in the next five years. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "Worries Mount Over Drone Safety After Venezuela Attack," 6 Aug. 2018 Our goal should be to increase federal research funding at least fourfold, from $234 million in NIH funding to $1 billion. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 Our goal should be to increase federal research funding at least fourfold, from $234 million in NIH funding to $1 billion. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 Our goal should be to increase federal research funding at least fourfold, from $234 million in NIH funding to $1 billion. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of fourfold

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

History and Etymology for fourfold

Middle English, from Old English fēowerfeald, from fēower + -feald -fold

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fourfold

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fourfold

: four times as great or as many

fourfold

adjective
four·​fold | \ ˈfȯr-ˌfōld How to pronounce fourfold (audio) \

Kids Definition of fourfold

: being four times as great or as many a fourfold increase

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