threefold

adjective
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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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 mission of these hometown heroes is threefold: Memorize the features of dangerous microbes that breach the body’s barriers. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "The Virus Is Evolving. But So Are Your Antibodies," 12 Feb. 2021 In the past two and a half months alone, more than 13,500 people in the U.P. contracted the novel coronavirus, a threefold increase since the pandemic began in March, the data shows. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Country venue blues, ice shanty dining, turkey sightings: News from around our 50 states," 5 Jan. 2021 As for jump-in thefts, the biggest spike, more than threefold, is in Prince George’s, where the total was 469 by mid-December, up from 143 last year. Washington Post, "Puzzling spike in auto thefts, many of them violent, worries D.C.-area police," 22 Dec. 2020 There was no sign Tuesday that the new numbers would create a scandal in Russia, as would be expected in many countries following a sudden, threefold increase in the number of dead. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "New Data Triples Russia’s Covid-19 Death Toll," 29 Dec. 2020 There was no sign Tuesday that the new numbers would create a scandal in Russia, as would be expected in many countries following a sudden, threefold increase in the number of dead. Andrew Higgins, BostonGlobe.com, "New data triples Russia’s COVID-19 death toll," 29 Dec. 2020 There was a threefold increase in adults reporting anxiety and four times the reports of feelings of depression compared to the same time the year before, the CDC found. NBC News, "Covid live updates: Latest on rising cases and the Covid-19 stimulus package," 21 Dec. 2020 The Nebraska county that includes Omaha is averaging about 460 cases daily, a roughly threefold increase in one month. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Pandemic Reaches Grim Milestone as Biden Moves to Take Charge," 9 Nov. 2020 New policies boosted purchase limits for shoppers more than threefold in July, as the Chinese government seeks to turn the area into a commercial hub. Kim Bhasin, Bloomberg.com, "Estee Lauder Says Duty-Free Sales in China Are Bouncing Back," 2 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of threefold

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

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“Threefold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/threefold. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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threefold

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of threefold

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

threefold

adjective
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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