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.
Recent Examples on the Web The 314 children staying longer than necessary in psychiatric hospitals last year was up from 75 in the state’s 2014 budget year, a more than fourfold increase. Dan Petrella,, "‘A monumentally huge and cruel problem’: Number of children in DCFS care who remain in psychiatric hospitals after being cleared for release continues to grow," 11 Sep. 2020 Dual-credit enrollment has grown more than fourfold since 2016. Max Eden, WSJ, "An Education Innovation That Beats Learning Pods," 4 Sep. 2020 The stock, which entered the public markets in April 2019, has increased more than fourfold this year. Nico Grant,, "Zoom Soars on Surging Sales, Forecasts That Swamp Estimates," 1 Sep. 2020 Engels has said that since the casinos closed, the number of people seeking help at the county’s food bank has jumped fourfold. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Lights on! Gilpin County gets OK to start phased-in reopening of casinos in Black Hawk and Central City," 7 June 2020 Hospitalizations statewide surged past 8,000 for the first time over the July Fourth weekend, a more than fourfold increase in the past month. Adriana Gomez Licon And Lisa Marie Pane, The Enquirer, "Miami, Florida, imposing restrictions after COVID cases spike," 7 July 2020 In early 2019, the percentage of alleged abuse cases waiting for NYPD footage spiked more than fourfold, to 37%. Eric Umansky, ProPublica, "The NYPD Isn’t Giving Critical Bodycam Footage to Officials Investigating Alleged Abuse," 3 July 2020 In June, the number of hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients increased almost fourfold in Texas to over 6,500. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "More health workers are getting COVID-19, but UTSW says they’re safer on the job than out and about," 3 July 2020 The national outdoor gear store REI said cycling equipment sales are up fourfold over last year. Max Lockie, Quartz, "Will Covid-19 finally turn a straphanging NYC into a city for bikers?," 2 July 2020

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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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The first known use of fourfold was before the 12th century

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21 Sep 2020

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“Fourfold.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fourfold

: four times as great or as many


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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