redouble

verb
re·​dou·​ble | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈdə-bəl How to pronounce redouble (audio) \
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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Such observations should give pause to those who would prop up a tyrant for personal ends, and must redouble the opposition’s will to depose that ruler before the public’s capacity for thought and action alike is confounded. George Prochnik, New York Times, "The Philosopher in Dark Times," 12 Apr. 2018 Following a meeting of its expert committee, the U.N. health agency called for efforts to be redoubled to stop the deadly virus, noting that the recent spike in Ebola cases raises the risk of spread to other countries. Jamey Keaten, The Seattle Times, "UN says Congo’s Ebola outbreak not yet a global emergency," 12 Apr. 2019 His administration has redoubled efforts to tackle homelessness but has at best managed to stabilize the problem. Nour Malas, WSJ, "U.S. Homelessness Edges Higher Again After Seven Years of Declines," 17 Dec. 2018 But since then, the Seahawks have redoubled their commitment to the run, and stuck to it. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "‘We’re just getting warmed up’: Seahawks stick to run, and offense regains its identity," 8 Oct. 2018 That, more than Mr Trump’s angry tweets, may persuade Pakistan to redouble its commitment to the war on terror. The Economist, "The Pakistani army has got serious about defeating domestic terrorism," 28 Feb. 2018 And groups like Sister District and EMILY's List have redoubled their efforts under Trump. Molly Jong-fast, Glamour, "We’ve Outgrown the Women’s March. Here’s What Happens Next.," 18 Jan. 2019 Finally, America should redouble its resolve to find and fund innovative means of disseminating independent news and ideas in China. Orville Schell And Larry Diamond, WSJ, "China Gets Its Message to Americans but Doesn’t Want to Reciprocate," 21 Dec. 2018 Donors and NGOs should redouble their efforts to support the rule of law and a free press, though autocrats will inevitably accuse those whom they help of being foreign agents. The Economist, "Lessons from the rise of strongmen in weak states," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of redouble

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

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The first known use of redouble was in the 15th century

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redouble

verb

English Language Learners Definition of redouble

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

redouble

verb
re·​dou·​ble | \ rē-ˈdə-bəl How to pronounce redouble (audio) \
redoubled; redoubling

Kids Definition of redouble

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

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