re·​dou·​ble | \(ˌ)rē-ˈdə-bəl \
redoubled; redoubling; redoubles

Definition of redouble 

transitive verb

1 : to make twice as great in size or amount broadly : intensify, strengthen

2a obsolete : to echo back

b archaic : repeat

intransitive verb

1 : to become redoubled

2 archaic : resound

3 : to double an opponent's double in bridge

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redouble noun

Examples of redouble in a Sentence

They redoubled their efforts to finish the work on time. Their efforts to finish the work redoubled as the deadline drew near.

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There’s a concerted effort by all the partners to really redouble our efforts around trying to reduce racial and ethnic disparities, target specific policy and practice changes that will drive down those disparities. Claudia Lauer, The Seattle Times, "MacArthur Foundation announces millions in justice grants," 23 Oct. 2018 Sensing an opening, Hardiman proponents redoubled their efforts. Ashley Parker And Robert Costa,, "Inside Trump's sometimes wavering decision on Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 Yet pressures against the press have redoubled under Maduro — Chávez’s successor — who critics say staged a fraudulent election this year to secure another six-year term. Washington Post,, "As it slides toward authoritarianism, Venezuela targets one of its last independent newspapers," 6 July 2018 President Trump himself redoubled his denunciation of all unauthorized arrivals, even those engaging in the legal act of seeking asylum. Christina Bellantoni,, "Trump's immigration policy puts California Republicans in difficult position," 25 June 2018 And after Christine Blasey Ford came forward with her accusation that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party in the 1980s, some indigenous Alaskans redoubled their opposition. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why Alaska Natives pushed Sen. Lisa Murkowski to say no to Brett Kavanaugh," 5 Oct. 2018 Sensing an opening, Hardiman proponents redoubled their efforts. Author: Ashley Parker, Robert Costa, Anchorage Daily News, "‘All a little misdirection’: Inside Trump’s sometimes-wavering decision to nominate Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 Duque, meanwhile, has pledged to redouble efforts to combat a record surge of coca - the building bloc of cocaine. Anthony Faiola,, "'D.C. Colombian' squares off against former guerrilla as Colombians vote," 17 June 2018 The increase comes as more than 150 people from Central America have reached the border and applied for asylum, a caravan that has drawn the fury of President Trump and prompted his administration to redouble its efforts to secure the border. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Immigration arrests at southwest border creep up but still at historic low," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of redouble

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of redouble

: to greatly increase the size or amount of (something)


re·​dou·​ble | \rē-ˈdə-bəl \
redoubled; redoubling

Kids Definition of redouble

: to greatly increase the size or amount of They redoubled their efforts.

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