quadruple

verb
qua·​dru·​ple | \ kwä-ˈdrü-pəl How to pronounce quadruple (audio) , -ˈdrə-; ˈkwä-drə- How to pronounce quadruple (audio) \
quadrupled; quadrupling\ -​p(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce quadrupling (audio) \

Definition of quadruple

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make four times as great or as many

intransitive verb

: to become four times as great or as numerous

quadruple

noun

Definition of quadruple (Entry 2 of 3)

: a sum four times as great as another

quadruple

adjective

Definition of quadruple (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : having four units or members
2 : being four times as great or as many
3 : marked by four beats per measure quadruple meter

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Other Words from quadruple

Adjective

quadruply \ kwä-​ˈdrü-​plē How to pronounce quadruply (audio) , -​ˈdrə-​ ; ˈkwä-​drə-​ \ adverb
quadruplicity \ ˌkwä-​dru̇-​ˈpli-​sə-​tē How to pronounce quadruplicity (audio) \ noun

Examples of quadruple in a Sentence

Verb

The value of the stock has quadrupled in the past year. The town's population has quadrupled in the past 50 years. The company has quadrupled the number of its employees.

Adjective

She ordered a quadruple espresso.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In Maine for instance, from 2006 to 2016, the incidence of Lyme disease quadrupled. Melinda Wenner Moyer, Scientific American, "Tick Discovery Highlights How Few Answers We Have about These Bugs in the U.S.," 26 June 2018 The density of the solar wind quadrupled and cracked open Earth’s magnetic field. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "A solar shock wave cracked Earth’s magnetic field last night, but everything is fine," 20 Apr. 2018 And the businesses are flourishing: Naasakle Ltd.'s revenue has quadrupled, and Eu'Genia Shea recently participated in the Sephora Accelerate beauty boot camp. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Proof That Big Risks Pay Off: 3 Women Who Owe Their Success to Not Playing It Safe," 20 Mar. 2017 Following the product changes, Hinge’s user base quadrupled, and each user began going on more dates, according to Justin McLeod, its founder and chief executive officer. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Tinder's Parent Company Is Buying an Anti-Tinder Dating App," 21 June 2018 The move quadrupled its capacity, hence the new, regular shipments to Massachusetts. Gary Dzen, BostonGlobe.com, "Bottles: Maine brewers expand — and Bay State benefits," 11 June 2018 In the two years since, the county nearly quadrupled the staff and increased the budget from around $2 million to about $16 million, said the department's new head, Bill Petrie. Alex Harris, miamiherald, "Mosquito season could get longer and more hazardous to your health — especially in Miami | Miami Herald," 1 May 2018 Since 2005 blood-plasma collections have nearly quadrupled. The Economist, "America’s booming blood-plasma industry," 10 May 2018 Over the last five years production per rig has more than tripled in the Permian Basin and quadrupled in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "How America Broke OPEC," 14 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Really, biscotti should be double, triple and quadruple dipped — a dip a bite is perfect. Dorie Greenspan, New York Times, "Nothing Satisfies the Need for Crunch Like Biscotti," 19 June 2018 One group of astronomers has gone even further, managing to find a bizarre quadruple star system hiding just 146 light-years away. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Astronomers Discover Bizarre Quadruple Star System," 15 Jan. 2019 These are now headphones that start the day with a double espresso instead of a quadruple. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Audio-Technica M50xBT review: better beats," 12 Nov. 2018 The only region to see a falling infection rate in 2017 was the Western Pacific (including Cambodia, Fiji, Micronesia, and others), while Europe saw rates more than quadruple, and in the Americas, rates were more than 64 times higher. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "The fight against measles has taken a turn for the worse," 30 Nov. 2018 According to the Tulsa World , investigators say the quadruple shooting may have been a murder-suicide. Fox News, "Police: 3 adults dead, 1 hurt in shooting at Tulsa home," 2 Apr. 2018 House came to this new life after a brief stint on death row and 20 years behind bars for a grisly quadruple slaying over a $300 drug debt. William Lee, chicagotribune.com, "Fierce gang leader went from death row to respected 'Mayor of Chicago Avenue'," 29 June 2018 She's been taken off her ventilator but now faces a quadruple amputation, as doctors are forced to surgically remove dead muscle and tissue as time goes on. Samantha Toscano, Good Housekeeping, "Georgia Mother Continues to Battle Flesh-Eating Bacterial Infection," 15 June 2015 He was injured during a 1994 earthquake and in 1996 had quadruple-bypass surgery after a heart attack. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Harlan Ellison, prolific and pugnacious writer of science fiction, dies at 84," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The company has had to hunt for qualified new workers to meet its plans to more than quadruple production over the next four years. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Defense Companies Hunt for Scarce Skilled Workers," 28 Dec. 2018 This funding would nearly quadruple the contributions from the state’s general fund compared with the current two-year budget period, when the Legislature approved $10.8 million. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Washington lands commissioner wants $55M for wildfires, forests," 10 Oct. 2018 The Long Island Bar The lights over the booths are intimate and old-timey, and the decades-old bar itself—note the quadruple-paneled mirror by the cash register—is stunning. Alex Van Buren, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Bars in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 Formats for the collection include limited edition deluxe box set, limited edition deluxe double CD, double CD in slipcase, quadruple heavyweight vinyl in slipcase, and digital download. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Ignition Records Announces Joe Strummer Major Rarities Collection," 29 June 2018 Vehicle miles traveled per person are about twice as high in the U.S. as in Sweden, while the U.S. death rate is quadruple Sweden’s. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Sweden May Hold the Secret to Reducing Traffic Deaths," 26 June 2018 From quadruple rainbows to post-storm sunsets, our country is constantly coming up with new ways to take our breath. Rebecca Shinners, Country Living, "This Gorgeous Time Lapse Video is Basically a Gift From Mother Nature," 17 July 2015 AaRon Daniel, one of the victims killed in a quadruple fatality crash Friday in Kansas City was en route to see his newborn baby, the man's father said. Robert A. Cronkleton And Joe Robertson, kansascity, "Lives collide: Victims in car, Jeep shattered after flight from Independence police," 4 June 2018 Fifteen years after he was fired from Creighton, the quadruple murder trial of Anthony Garcia finally began. CBS News, "Was revenge the motive behind Omaha stabbing deaths?," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of quadruple

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quadruple

Verb

Middle English (Scots), from Latin quadruplare, from quadruplus

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin quadruplum, from neuter of quadruplus four times as great, from quadri- + -plus multiplied by — more at -fold

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More Definitions for quadruple

quadruple

verb

English Language Learners Definition of quadruple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to become four times bigger in value or number
: to cause (something) to become four times bigger

quadruple

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of quadruple (Entry 2 of 2)

: four times bigger in size or amount
: having four parts or including four people or things

quadruple

verb
qua·​dru·​ple | \ kwä-ˈdrü-pəl How to pronounce quadruple (audio) \
quadrupled; quadrupling

Kids Definition of quadruple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make or become four times as great or as many

quadruple

adjective

Kids Definition of quadruple (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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