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

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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 In Queens, a precinct covering parts of Jamaica, St. Albans and Hollis has seen a threefold increase in homicides over last year, going from five to 15. Washington Post, "NYC surpasses 300 killings 3 years after modern-era low," 28 Dec. 2019 That’s going to change next year, when the price from fields where gas isn’t a byproduct of crude production will increase threefold or more. David Fickling | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Saudi Arabia’s Gas Tank Is Running Low," 3 Apr. 2019 Its shares have risen threefold in the past five years, including a 60% run since January. The Economist, "LVMH tests the limits of luxury," 28 Nov. 2019 The end to months of tranquility came fast, with the VIX soaring as much as threefold in just three days as $3 trillion was wiped from equities. Joanna Ossinger,, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 6 Feb. 2018 In the 2018-19 school year, some 200 colleges in the U.S. offered $16 million in esports scholarships, more than a threefold increase since 2015, according to the National Association of College Esports. Brian Mcgrath, NBC News, "High school gamers are scoring college scholarships. But can esports make varsity?," 20 Sep. 2019 Products with the Amazon's Choice designation see a threefold increase in sales, according to at least one study. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Senators concerned Epstein conspiracy theories play into Russia's hands," 13 Aug. 2019 Insects, including vital pollinators, would see their ranges decline threefold. Umair Irfan, Vox, "4 big takeaways from the UN’s alarming climate change report," 9 Oct. 2018 Photo: Juanjo Martin/EFE/Zuma Press More than 34,000 seaborne migrants have landed on Spain’s shores so far this year, a threefold increase from last year. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "As Migrants Turn to Spain, a Welcome Mat Shows Signs of Wear," 23 Sep. 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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21 Jan 2020

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“Threefold.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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How to pronounce threefold (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of threefold

: having three parts
: three times as great or as many


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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