three·​fold | \ ˈthrē-ˌfōld How to pronounce threefold (audio) , -ˈfōld \

Definition of threefold

1 : having three parts or members : triple a threefold purpose
2 : being three times as great or as many a threefold increase

Other Words from threefold

threefold \ ˈthrē-​ˈfōld How to pronounce threefold (audio) \ adverb

Examples of threefold in a Sentence

a threefold approach to solving the problem
Recent Examples on the Web The reason is threefold: First, Americans are drinking less alcohol, on average, than at any time since 2001, according to Gallup. Kelsey Ogletree, Travel + Leisure, 15 Apr. 2022 The cause of this defeat was threefold: the lackluster omnibus nature of the bills, incompetence during committee and testimonies, and the absence of even an elementary communications strategy. Anthony Kinnett, National Review, 10 Mar. 2022 The impact on labor markets is threefold: Those who get sick, those who have to stay home to tend to sick family members, and those who are asymptomatic but test positive and have to stay home because of workplace and government guidelines. Rajesh Roy, WSJ, 5 Feb. 2022 And while many continue to grapple with grief and trauma, the key to resilient outcomes in the face of disaster is threefold, Dr. Bonanno said: First, distill exactly what is causing distress, then come up with a possible solution. New York Times, 3 Jan. 2022 In January, Israel’s health ministry published an initial study saying a fourth shot provided threefold protection against serious illness and twofold protection against infection compared with people who were four months after their third shot. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2022 Last month, Kalyna’s main grocery supplier threatened to cut off the shop’s supply of Ukrainian and Eastern European goods and raise prices threefold after store owner Usenko halted all orders of Russian goods. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 11 Mar. 2022 Headquartered in Los Angeles, Bigo Live has seen its workforce grow more than threefold since 2019. Peggy Anne Salz, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2022 To abate these risks, FASTR proposes a threefold approach: identification, intervention, and translation. Emma Zimmerman, Outside Online, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of threefold

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 May 2022

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three·​fold | \ ˈthrē-ˌfōld How to pronounce threefold (audio) \

Kids Definition of threefold

: being three times as great or as many

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