double

adjective
dou·​ble | \ ˈdə-bəl How to pronounce double (audio) \

Definition of double

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : having a twofold relation or character : dual
2 : consisting of two usually combined members or parts an egg with a double yolk
3a : being twice as great or as many double the number of expected applicants
b of a coin : worth two of the specified amount a double eagle a double crown
4 : marked by duplicity : deceitful
5 : folded in two
6 : of extra size, strength, or value a double martini
7 : having more than the normal number of floral leaves often at the expense of the sporophylls
8 of rhyme : involving correspondence of two syllables (as in exciting and inviting)
9 : designed for the use of two persons a double room a double bed

double

verb
doubled; doubling\ ˈdə-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce double (audio) \

Definition of double (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to make twice as great or as many: such as
a : to increase by adding an equal amount
b : to amount to twice the number of
c : to make a call in bridge that increases the value of odd tricks or undertricks at (an opponent's bid)
2a : to bend or fold (something, such as a sheet of paper) usually in the middle so that one part lies directly against the other part
b : clench doubled his fist
c : to cause to stoop
3 : to avoid by doubling : elude
4a : to replace in a dramatic role
b : to play (dramatic roles) by doubling
5a(1) : to advance or score (a base runner) by a double
(2) : to bring about the scoring of (a run) by a double
b : to put out (a base runner) in completing a double play
6 : double-team Jackson's absence was supposed to allow defenses to double Gates.— Jim Trotter

intransitive verb

1a : to become twice as much or as many
b : to double a bid (as in bridge)
2a : to turn sharply and suddenly especially : to turn back on one's course the rabbit doubled back on its tracks
b : to follow a circuitous course
3 : to become bent or folded usually in the middle usually used with up she doubled up in pain
4a : to serve an additional purpose or perform an additional duty
b : to play a dramatic role as a double
5 : to make a double in baseball

double

adverb

Definition of double (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : to twice the extent or amount
2 : two together the children had to sleep double
3 : downward and forward from the usual position he was bent double with pain

double

noun

Definition of double (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : something twice the usual size, strength, speed, quantity, or value: such as
a : a double amount
b : a base hit that enables the batter to reach second base
2 : one that is the counterpart of another : duplicate: such as
a : a living person that closely resembles another living person
b : wraith
c(1) : understudy
(2) : one who resembles an actor and takes his or her place especially in scenes calling for special skills
(3) : an actor who plays more than one role in a production
3a : a sharp turn (as in running) : reversal
b : an evasive shift
4 : something consisting of two paired members: such as
a : fold
b : a combined bet placed on two different contests
c : two consecutive strikes in bowling
5 doubles plural : a game between two pairs of players
6 : an act of doubling in a card game
7 : a room (as in a hotel) for two guests — compare single sense 4
on the double
: very quickly : right away

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Other Words from double

Adjective

doubleness noun

Verb

doubler \ ˈdə-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce double (audio) \ noun

Examples of double in a Sentence

Adjective One of the eggs had a double yolk. The truck crossed the double yellow line and entered the other lane. My name is “Allison,” with a double “l.” Go through those double doors and walk to the end of the hall. I'll have a double espresso, please. a double dose of medicine a double order of fries Verb We all doubled over laughing. He doubled up in pain. Adverb raced to his side double quick Noun I'll have one more glass of vodka. Make it a double, please. People often tell me that I'm his double. The actress's double did all of the dangerous scenes. Can you tell if it's the actor or his double in that shot? He hit a double in the eighth inning.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Timme was again the scoring leader with 23, and Suggs flirted with a triple double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "A look at every game in Gonzaga's unbeaten run to the men's basketball tournament title game," 5 Apr. 2021 During the seventh, Jeimer Candelario (double), Jonathan Schoop (sac fly) and Nomar Mazara (single) each drove in a run. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' seventh-inning surge results in 5-2 win over Indians," 3 Apr. 2021 If the increase goes through, the cost of her two-bedroom apartment will more than double to $2,450–an increase, for Cortez, which is tantamount to eviction. Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, The New Republic, "The Enduring Fiction of Affordable Housing," 2 Apr. 2021 Freddie Freeman had two hits, including a double and his first homer — a two-run shot in the sixth. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Dodgers-Angels 2021 MLB spring training live stream (3/29): How to watch online, TV info, time," 30 Mar. 2021 Under the Biden administration’s plan, the number of pharmacies authorized to administer vaccines will more than double by April 19, from 17,000 to nearly 40,000. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Biden administration aims to have vaccine accessible to 90% of adults by mid-April," 29 Mar. 2021 Because sports, when done right, double as some of life’s greatest classrooms, teaching these living, breathing lessons in everything from the value of hard work to perseverance during hard times. BostonGlobe.com, "Changing hearts and minds is the challenge after Duxbury High football episode," 27 Mar. 2021 At Level 29, the blocks, which are already falling at rates requiring near-instantaneous reactions, double in pace. Jacob Sweet, The New Yorker, "The Revolution in Classic Tetris," 26 Mar. 2021 Manufacturers will twist thin, low-grade cotton threads into a smaller space, and claim double, or even quadruple, the thread count. Erin Parker, Glamour, "The 19 Best Linen Sheets for Year-Round Comfort," 26 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lawmakers in North Carolina in February introduced a bill that would double the fines for littering on state highways. Alana Semuels, Time, "'Garbage Freaking Everywhere' as Americans Venture Outdoors After a Year of Lockdowns," 26 Mar. 2021 Maryland transportation officials plan to exempt cars 6 model years old or newer from emissions checks, a move that would double the amount of time new vehicles can go without testing. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland officials plan to make more new cars exempt from emissions testing," 24 Mar. 2021 Initiative is already creating a 400-mile wildlife corridor that the planners hope will double as a pilgrimage route for humans. James Mills, The Conversation, "The US has never had much of a pilgrimage tradition – perhaps now is the opportunity," 24 Mar. 2021 And it’s an eco-friendly experience that can be enhanced even more if your glass comes with a coordinating water carafe—a functional object that can easily double as decor. Rachel Besser, Vogue, "Swap Your Reusable Water Bottles for One of these Beautiful Bedside Carafes," 18 Mar. 2021 If so — the FDA is meeting this week to discuss the possibility — that could immediately double the number of available doses. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, "In California: COVID spreading fastest here. And anti-mask protests break out across state," 5 Jan. 2021 Go 2 and $649 HP Envy x360 13, which can double as tablets thanks to detachable keyboards or folding designs. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, "MacBooks vs Windows laptops: Which is best for you?," 11 Dec. 2020 In 2016, after two years of #OscarsSoWhite protests, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences began an aggressive initiative to double the number of women and people of color among its members by 2020. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Why I’m not wholeheartedly celebrating Oscar’s ‘historic first’ for female directors," 16 Mar. 2021 By 2025, The Recording Academy plans to double its number of female voters and increase engagement in voting and advocacy. Essence, "Meet The Black Women Working To Make The Music Industry More Equitable For Artists," 14 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb According to the report, the unnamed double-folding Samsung phone will be unveiled as early as late-2021. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Samsung to launch a double-folding phone later this year," 23 Mar. 2021 All architecture speaks a simple double-tongued language of shelter and symbolism; all structures, large and small, temporary and permanent, churches and banks and coffee shops, share one pattern language. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "A Brief Anatomy of Outdoor Dining," 20 Mar. 2021 With two on and two out in the fifth, Felder (3 for 3) hit a two-run double on a 1-2 pitch to give the Ducks a 3-0 lead. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon softball sweeps doubleheader against Utah via walk-off home run, shutout," 20 Mar. 2021 Cole Hebel broke a 3-3 tie with a two-out RBI double in the top of the seventh, and Hunter Pope capped the three-run inning with an RBI single. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Baseball/softball replay: Southlake Carroll beats state power Keller; Allen makes dramatic rally," 20 Mar. 2021 In 1997 Black newlyweds Fox Rich and Rob G. Rich saw their business collapse when an associate double-crossed them. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "Looking at this year’s Oscar final five," 18 Mar. 2021 Other states, such as New York and New Mexico, have imposed fines for those violating mask orders, with some federal courthouses requiring double-masking for entry. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Here's where mask mandates stand across the country," 9 Mar. 2021 The downside to double-masking is the inverse relationship between effectiveness and breathability. Rachel Besser, Vogue, "What You Need To Double-Mask Effectively," 7 Mar. 2021 To date, only one study has tested the effectiveness of double-masking. Jv Chamary, Forbes, "Should I Use A Brace Or Double-Masking To Block Coronavirus?," 28 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Austin Meadows drove in a run with a pop-fly double that Braves center fielder Cristian Pache lost in the sun. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Cubs-Giants 2021 MLB spring training live stream (3/26): How to watch online, TV info, time," 26 Mar. 2021 Byron Buxton smacked a bases-loaded double in the first inning, scoring Donaldson, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Garlick to start the scoring spree off Perez. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Josh Donaldson displays power, carries Twins over Red Sox 7-4," 25 Mar. 2021 Prospect Riley Greene delivered a double off the right-center wall to begin the ninth inning, but he was left stranded: Baddoo popped out, Isaac Paredes grounded out and Dustin Garneau struck out. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Two Detroit Tigers boost roster chances in 4-3 loss to Blue Jays; Julio Teheran out early," 23 Mar. 2021 Tanner Smith went 2 for 4 with an RBI double, Kenyon Yovan and Gabe Matthews each hit two-run home runs and Cullen Kafka struck out 11 and allowed just four hits over seven shutout innings in a 7-1 win for No. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Top of order, Cullen Kafka lead Oregon baseball past Arizona State to even series," 21 Mar. 2021 There will now be an option to turn off double dap a movement key to dodge. Paul Tassi, Forbes, "First ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ 1.2 Patch Info Reveals Police AI, Driving Changes And More," 19 Mar. 2021 With two runners aboard in the fourth inning, Adell appeared to lose a routine fly ball in the sun, whiffing on the catch near the warning track to allow a two-run, ground-rule double. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Jo Adell bounces back from miscue in Angels’ tie with Royals," 19 Mar. 2021 When he got entangled by his own financial double-dealing, Hofmann attempted to cover up his counterfeiting by setting off separate deadly bombs. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Latest from Mormon Land: The $100B question remains — Will the IRS go after the church?," 18 Mar. 2021 Taveras was thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Rangers opening day starter Kyle Gibson dazzles with new cutter in near-perfect start against Arizona," 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of double

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for double

Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French duble, double, from Latin duplus (akin to Greek diploos), from duo two + -plus multiplied by; akin to Old English -feald -fold — more at two, -fold

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The first known use of double was in the 13th century

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double

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of double

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: made of two parts that are similar or exactly the same
: having two very different parts or qualities
: of a size that is twice as big as usual : of an amount that is twice as much as usual

double

verb

English Language Learners Definition of double (Entry 2 of 4)

: to cause (something) to become two times as great or as many
: to become two times as great or as many
: to have a second job or use

double

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of double (Entry 3 of 4)

: two times as many or as much
: two times

double

noun

English Language Learners Definition of double (Entry 4 of 4)

: something that is two times the usual size, strength, or amount
: someone who looks very much like another person
: a person who looks like an actor and takes the actor's place in some scenes in a movie or TV show

double

adjective
dou·​ble | \ ˈdə-bəl How to pronounce double (audio) \

Kids Definition of double

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : being twice as great or as many I made a double batch of cookies.
2 : made up of two parts or members This egg has a double yolk.
3 : having two very different aspects She serves a double role as teacher and friend.
4 : made for two a double bed
5 : extra large in size or amount double roses

double

verb
doubled; doubling

Kids Definition of double (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : to make or become twice as great or as many : multiply by two You'll need to double the recipe.
2 : to fold usually in the middle Double your paper.
3 : to bend over at the waist He doubled over in laughter.
4 : clench sense 2 I doubled my fist.
5 : to turn sharply and go back over the same path The squirrel doubled back instead of crossing the street.
6 : to have another use or job The table doubled as his desk.

double

adverb

Kids Definition of double (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : two times the amount The last test question counts double.
2 : two together You'll have to sleep double.

double

noun

Kids Definition of double (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : something that is twice the usual size or amount The waiter charged me double.
2 : a hit in baseball that allows the batter to reach second base
3 : someone or something that is very like another You're a double for your sister.
on the double
: very quickly

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