three·​fold | \ˈthrē-ˌfōld, -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

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threefold \ˈthrē-​ˈfōld \ adverb

Examples of threefold in a Sentence

a threefold approach to solving the problem

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Last year, a record $710 billion was sold through brokers, a nearly threefold rise from 2009, the Journal reported. Coulter Jones, WSJ, "Opportunities to Invest in Private Companies Grow," 23 Sep. 2018 The threefold jump in ice loss from the continent as a whole is a combination of increased melting of ice from West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula, with a small signal from the ice sheet in East Antarctica. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Global warming has melted over 3 trillion tons of ice in Antarctica since 1992, and it's only getting worse," 13 June 2018 Trump turns everything into a culture war The catastrophe in Puerto Rico has a threefold origin. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The shocking truth about the Hurricane Maria death toll is our Trump nightmare made real," 30 May 2018 Content from Prime Video Carson’s proposal, if approved by Congress, would lead to a threefold increase in the rent paid by extremely low-income Americans. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Low-income D.C. tenants petition Congress to spurn Ben Carson’s plan to raise rents for America’s poorest," 26 June 2018 Young migrants are therefore at a threefold disadvantage. The Economist, "In China’s cities, young people with rural ties are angry," 3 May 2018 The upshot was threefold: First, taking the most senior members of the locker room out of the equation would create leadership opportunities for guys becoming young vets. Albert Breer,, "For Andrew Luck, It All Re-Starts Here," 18 June 2018 The obstacles Olsen faced were threefold: first physically, then mentally and now financially. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From intensive care to the track: Comeback trail brings Caroline Olsen to Road America," 2 June 2018 Within 40 years, 29 percent of Israel’s population is projected to be ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) — a threefold increase from the current 9 percent. Amy Erica Smith, Vox, "Religious conflict in Jerusalem may not have political solutions," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of threefold

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

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The first known use of threefold was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of threefold

: having three parts

: three times as great or as many


three·​fold | \ˈthrē-ˌfōld \

Kids Definition of threefold

: being three times as great or as many

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