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 doubling (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 upshe 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 doubler (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 The Green Wave’s last seven wins all came by double digits. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Luke Frazier’s career-high 37 points keep No. 20 Lake Catholic sharp in 71-66 win vs. No. 12 Holy Name," 19 Feb. 2020 No Norse player reached double-digit scoring totals. Jason Hoffman, Cincinnati.com, "What we learned: NKU Norse blowout loss to UIC most likely ends Horizon League title hopes," 17 Feb. 2020 While the White Sox made some major roster improvements inside the division, the Indians will still earn double-digit wins against the lowly Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals, while teams like the Boston Red Sox are also down quite a bit. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "How many games will the Cleveland Indians win in 2020?," 16 Feb. 2020 Five players reached double digits: Franz Wagner (a team-high 16 points), Brandon Johns Jr. (14), Eli Brooks (13), Isaiah Livers (12) and Simpson (12). Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball blitzes Indiana, 89-65, might've avoided injury scare to Isaiah Livers," 16 Feb. 2020 A few fans started to file out of the packed Hightower gym with 2 minutes left and the Hurricanes up double digits. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "Bryce Griggs scores 46 points in Hightower's win over Shadow Creek," 12 Feb. 2020 The Candidates Bernie Sanders: While a double-digit victory seems nearly impossible this time around, the Sanders campaign hopes to drive turnout in all corners of the state – particularly on college campuses and in counties bordering Vermont. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "What to know about the 2020 New Hampshire primary," 11 Feb. 2020 But somehow Warren—despite being a familiar face from Boston television—is mired in the low double digits in all of the state’s recent polls. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Joe Biden Is Collapsing," 8 Feb. 2020 In the mid 1990s, Gallup found the pro-choicers ahead by double digits. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, "Donald Trump’s Pro-Life Presidency," 6 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Welchel doubled to right field with two outs in the second, but DeLaTorre was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "South Alabama baseball shut out at Vanderbilt for 2nd straight day, 4-0," 20 Feb. 2020 Place in greased bowl, turn to coat and let rise until doubled. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "For this family, making paczki at home is tradition, flavored by a grandmother's knowhow," 18 Feb. 2020 In Texas’ eight tightest races, the tally nearly doubled. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "More than $62M in campaign cash flowed to Texas congressional races in 2019 — a 37% increase over last cycle," 17 Feb. 2020 Turnout for the state’s Democratic gubernatorial primary – a key metric in measuring party activity – nearly doubled in recent years, from 560,000 in 2014 to more than 1 million in 2018, according to the Secretary of State’s office. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "2020 Democratic presidential primary hopefuls take aim at red Texas as Super Tuesday looms," 16 Feb. 2020 The fireplace in the family room doubles as an outdoor fireplace. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Bon Jovi’s Riverfront New Jersey Estate Is on the Market for $20 Million," 14 Feb. 2020 The introductory news conference for Michigan State football's new coach Mel Tucker doubled as a celebration. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Mel Tucker welcomed by Michigan State football: 'This is the right time for me to be here'," 13 Feb. 2020 This week, Buttigieg doubled his staff in Nevada to 100 and increased it to 55 in South Carolina. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Buttigieg heads into Nevada as a front-runner. Will his lead hold in more diverse states?," 13 Feb. 2020 Its vote almost doubled to 24 percent on promises of mass house-building by the state, a rent freeze and across-the-board increases in public spending. Washington Post, "World Digest: Feb. 13, 2020," 13 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Bridgewater-Raynham 64, New Bedford 42 — Junior Kenzie Matulonis (16 points, 10 rebounds) and sophomore Shay Bollin (10 points, 10 rebounds) each logged double-doubles for the No. 7 Trojans (13-1) in the Southeast Conference win. Matt Doherty, BostonGlobe.com, "Refusing to give in, Lowell boys’ basketball rallies to beat Lawrence," 31 Jan. 2020 Kay has a further adult double (played by Thomas Grässle), and his role illuminates the extra dimension that Mr Kriegenburg’s staging brings to Mr Abrahamsen’s eerily evocative music. The Economist, "A new retelling of “The Snow Queen” is aimed squarely at adults," 31 Dec. 2019 Trendon Watford and Darius Days registered double-doubles for LSU (3-1). Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "State basketball roundup: UMBC men fall to LSU, 77-50; George Mason men top Loyola Maryland, 65-61," 19 Nov. 2019 Prices Seven-Day Norse Legend Cruise on Holland America Line starts around $1,600 per person/double/inside room and goes up from there depending on the size/location of your room. Lori Swanson, Twin Cities, "My mother says she’s British. Her DNA says Scandinavian. So we went to check out the beautiful homeland," 10 Nov. 2019 Kendrick doubled and came home on Yan Gomes’ double in the second. Jay Cohen, The Denver Post, "Sánchez shines as Nationals beat Cards 2-0 in NLCS opener," 11 Oct. 2019 When first met, the O'Hara clan looks like a Ralph Lauren double-page spread come to life. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Nest': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 27 Jan. 2020 On the ensuing drive, Holgorsen double-pumped on a blitz from UConn and hit Jeremy Singleton, who made a double move for a 58-yard touchdown. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "UH struggles in win against UConn for first conference victory of season," 19 Oct. 2019 With their playoff double-bye, the Mystics were playing their first game in nine days. Ian Quillen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Delle Donne, Meesseman help Mystics edge Aces, 97-95," 17 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Catchings helped Duncanville win a volleyball state title in her first semester on campus and posted the first quintuple-double in the history of the sport. Destine Gibson, Dallas News, "Kim Mulkey and Tamika Catchings named Class of 2020 finalists to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame," 14 Feb. 2020 Lillard set a franchise record with 61 points against the Golden State Warriors and recorded the first triple-double of his career against the Houston Rockets during that stretch. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers fall four games out of playoff position after devastating two-game trip," 14 Feb. 2020 He was first credited with the triple-double in the third quarter — briefly, before one of his rebounds was taken away after a stat review. SFChronicle.com, "Kawhi Leonard logs first career triple-double as Clippers beat Heat," 24 Jan. 2020 Cheery Talkeetna Roadhouse is open year-round, with doubles from $60; book at talkeetnaroadhouse.com All listings featured on Condé Nast Traveler are independently selected by our editors. Harry Pearson, Condé Nast Traveler, "To Best Experience Alaska’s Burgeoning Local Food Movement, Go in Winter," 20 Dec. 2019 Oggie Pantovic racked up the first double-double of the season for UAA with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Anchorage Daily News, "Buzzer-beating 3-pointer boosts Seawolves to overtime victory," 8 Dec. 2019 USA Gymnastics confirmed on Twitter that the impressive feat ensures the triple-double will be named the Biles II, in honor of the athlete — who already has two moves named for her, one in the floor exercise and one on a vault, according to CNN. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Simone Biles and Boyfriend Dress as Angel and Devil for Halloween Couples Costume," 3 Nov. 2019 That gave him 28 points with 13 assists and 10 rebounds, the 139th triple-double of his career to move past Magic Johnson for second in NBA history, behind only Oscar Robertson’s 181. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets slip past Pelicans for first win of season," 27 Oct. 2019 That set the stage for Craig’s heroics, who overshadowed Nikola Jokic’s first triple-double of the season. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Torrey Craig’s overtime block saves Nuggets in home opener vs. Suns," 25 Oct. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for double

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

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Last Updated

21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Double.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/double. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for double

double

adjective
How to pronounce double (audio)

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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