triple

verb
tri·​ple | \ ˈtri-pəl How to pronounce triple (audio) \
tripled; tripling\ ˈtri-​p(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce tripling (audio) \

Definition of triple

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to make three times as great or as many
2a : to score (a base runner) by a triple
b : to bring about the scoring of (a run) by a triple

intransitive verb

1 : to become three times as great or as numerous their profits tripled last year
2 : to make a triple in baseball

triple

noun

Definition of triple (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a triple sum, quantity, or number
b : a combination, group, or series of three
2 : a base hit that allows the batter to reach third base safely

triple

adjective

Definition of triple (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : being three times as great or as many
2 : having or involving three units or members triple bypass heart surgery
3 : having a threefold relation or character worked as a double or even triple agentTime
4a : three times repeated : treble
b : having three full revolutions a triple somersault a triple lutz
5 : marked by three beats per musical measure triple meter
6a : having units of three components triple feet
b of rhyme : involving correspondence of three syllables (as in unfortunate-importunate)

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Examples of triple in a Sentence

Verb

He tripled his winnings at the track. The town's population has tripled in size. He tripled to right field.

Noun

that triple of terrors for the wintertime driver: snow, ice, and sleet

Adjective

She got a new job with triple the salary of her old one. He ordered a triple espresso.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Courtesy of Beauer Details: Originally conceived in 2009, the Beauer 3X trailer is an expandable caravan that triples in size thanks to its telescoping design. Megan Barber, Curbed, "5 campers pushing RV design into the future," 28 Sep. 2018 The tracking stock was created to help Dell finance its $67-billion purchase of data storage company EMC Corp. in 2016, the largest technology takeover ever at the time and one that nearly tripled Dell’s debt load. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Dell stock will trade publicly again, five years after leveraged buyout," 3 July 2018 Last school year, about one-third of foreigners studying in the U.S. were from China, according to the Institute of International Education, a proportion that has tripled over 10 years. Bloomberg.com, "LeBron Is a Player... in U.S.-China Trade Thanks to NBA Deals," 5 June 2018 That drove in Logan Lawson, who had tripled in the tying run. Mike Hutton, chicagotribune.com, "Squeezing out a win: Chris Torres' bunt sends Chesterton baseball to first regional title in 24 years," 3 June 2018 Maryland is among the high-major schools reportedly interested in Martin, who more than tripled his freshman-year scoring average (19.8 points per game) last season. baltimoresun.com, "Digest: Glen Burnie's Kaplan to participate in MLB's Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series," 22 May 2018 Last week, two drug companies that jointly sell a blood-cancer drug made a rare decision: to not move forward with changes that would have effectively tripled the cost of a lifesaving medicine for some patients. Carolyn Y. Johnson, ajc, "After outcry, drugmakers decide not to triple the price of a cancer pill," 16 May 2018 Last week, two drug companies that jointly sell a blood-cancer drug made a rare decision: to not move forward with changes that would have effectively tripled the cost of a lifesaving medicine for some patients. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "After outcry, drug makers decide not to triple the price of a cancer pill," 15 May 2018 An expansion that triples the size and the seating capacity of Buckley’s Restaurant & Bar downtown, long in the works, is making headway. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Citing downtown 'renaissance,' Buckley's Restaurant expanding," 8 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Then in the seventh, Brandon Nimmo hit a one-out triple, and Todd Frazier and Cabrera stranded him as the fans unleashed loud boos. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Jacob deGrom Blames Himself as the Mets Lose to the Dodgers in a Team Effort," 24 June 2018 Florida lost its first game to Texas Tech on Sunday while India hit a triple and drew two walks. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett wishes players could vote on All-Star Game starters," 19 June 2018 Yan Sauri hit a triple and TJ Cheli doubled to lead the Chiefs. Lauren Green, Philly.com, "Thursday's South Jersey roundup: Buena baseball upsets Haddon Heights," 24 May 2018 Kendall Johnson followed tha up by hitting a triple in the sixth before scoring on a sacrifice fly to centerfield to extend the advantage. J.c. Carnahan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Montverde Academy rally comes up short in softball state semifinal," 22 May 2018 Cade Fergus hit a triple that cleared the bases when they were loaded in the fifth. David Furones, Sun-Sentinel.com, "St. Thomas Aquinas gets pair of regional playoff victories on home diamonds," 9 May 2018 The Crusaders trailed 7-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth but got base hits from Stuprich and Stromboe before Brown hit a two-RBI triple in the seventh. Jim Derry, NOLA.com, "Re-live the top plays from a zany St. Paul's-Jesuit 12-inning thriller," 6 May 2018 The dynamic point guard had 16 points, 16 assists and 15 rebounds in his seventh straight triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Orlando Magic 132-122 on Tuesday night. Cliff Brunt, The Seattle Times, "Westbrook’s 7th straight triple-double leads OKC past Magic," 5 Feb. 2019 Key stats: Hit .521 with 37 runs, 14 doubles, five triples, four homers and 39 RBIs. Paul Johnson, Elgin Courier-News, "Introducing the 2018 Courier-News Softball All-Area Team," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The plane will use new AMBER missile racks to nearly triple the aircraft’s air-to-air missile capability, from 8 to 22. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Air Force Is Buying New F-15s After All," 19 Feb. 2019 Research by Gabriel Zucman, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley, shows that the richest 0.1% now own 19% of national wealth, about triple the concentration that existed in the late 1970s and nearing the levels of the late 1920s. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Democrats Take Aim at the Reagan Tax Revolution," 15 Feb. 2019 The dot-com bubble of the late 1990s, when high-tech stocks sold at unprecedented triple-digit earnings multiples, and the real-estate bubble of the early 2000s bear witness to similar patterns of euphoria and depression. Burton G. Malkiel, WSJ, "‘Mastering the Market Cycle’ Review: The Dangers of Optimism," 8 Oct. 2018 Fifteen hundred people endured triple-digit Arizona heat Wednesday and waited in long lines outside the Arizona Capitol to attend a public viewing honoring the late Sen. John McCain. Fox News, "1,500 line up in Arizona heat to pay respects to John McCain," 29 Aug. 2018 Max Q gaming laptops like the Razer Blade 15 can hit triple digits and reach the 144 fps target as well, but not as consistently as the Chimera can. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Asus Chimera G703GI review: bigger, better, more compromise," 14 Aug. 2018 But just imagine skaters doing triple axels on a silvery mirror gallium surface. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The surprising science of why ice is so slippery," 31 Jan. 2019 That is more than triple the valuation Acorns attained in a 2016 financing... Peter Rudegeair, WSJ, "Investing Startup Acorns Surpasses Betterment in Latest Funding Round," 28 Jan. 2019 Just be triple sure to turn off all your burners when you're finished! Audrey Bruno, SELF, "This Is How to Cook Well With an Electric Stove," 28 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of triple

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

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

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for triple

Verb

Middle English (Scots), from Late Latin triplare, from Latin triplus, adjective

Noun

Middle English, from Latin triplus, adjective

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin triplus, from tri- + -plus multiplied by — more at -fold

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triple

verb

English Language Learners Definition of triple

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to cause (something) to become three times as great or as many
: to become three times as great or as many
baseball : to hit a triple : to hit the ball so that you can reach third base

triple

noun

English Language Learners Definition of triple (Entry 2 of 3)

baseball : a hit that allows the batter to reach third base

triple

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of triple (Entry 3 of 3)

: three times bigger in size or amount
: having three parts or including three people or things

triple

verb
tri·​ple | \ ˈtri-pəl How to pronounce triple (audio) \
tripled; tripling

Kids Definition of triple

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to make or become three times as great or as many I tripled my savings.

triple

noun

Kids Definition of triple (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a sum, amount, or number that is three times as great
2 : a combination, group, or series of three
3 : a hit in baseball that lets the batter reach third base

triple

adjective

Kids Definition of triple (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : having three units or parts
2 : being three times as great or as many
3 : repeated three times

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