Definition of fourfold
1 : being four times as great or as many
2 : having four units or members
fourfoldplay \ˈfȯr-ˈfōld\ adverb
Examples of fourfold in a Sentence
There has been a fourfold increase in membership this year.
Recent Examples of fourfold from the Web
Additional research in 2006 published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, found a fourfold increase in risk for having a surgical history, when throwing more than 80 pitches per game.
In telecom, Qwest Communications (QWST) fell 75 cents to $36, even after saying its third-quarter loss had narrowed due to a fourfold hike in revenue.
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Origin and Etymology of fourfold
Middle English, from Old English fēowerfeald, from fēower + -feald -fold
First Known Use: before 12th century
FOURFOLD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fourfold for English Language Learners
: four times as great or as many
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Definition of fourfold for Students
: being four times as great or as many a fourfold increase
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