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



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



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)

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Essentially, the move will triple the number of Tesla shares on the market, but the company’s overall valuation — and the value of each investor’s holding — won’t change. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 5 Aug. 2022 If the conduct was found to be egregious, the penalties could triple. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, 3 Aug. 2022 Storage cubes can triple as seating and step stool, as opposed to a decorative pouf that is simply pretty and comfy. Leanne Italile, Chicago Tribune, 20 July 2022 The employees could triple or quadruple their salaries by going to Fortune 500 corporations or their law firms on K Street. Sari Horwitz, Washington Post, 7 July 2022 The upgrade at the private hospital will triple the bed count to 600 and bolster its range of services, including its world-class fertility treatments, with a new cancer center and more specialist outpatient clinics. Danielle Keeton-olsen, Forbes, 5 July 2022 Some homeowners’ electricity bills may triple during the summer to account for air conditioning. Globe Staff,, 4 July 2022 At his other pub, The Boot, a stone’s throw away in St. Albans, energy costs will triple. New York Times, 8 June 2022 The new legislation would triple the handling fee collected by the roughly 60 redemption centers around the state and authorize mobile redemption options in an effort to make their businesses financially viable. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rich Hill held the Cubs scoreless through four innings, but an RBI triple by Nelson Velazquez and an RBI groundout gave the Cubs their first two runs in the fifth. Globe Staff,, 1 July 2022 Miranda doubled and came home on an RBI triple by Gilberto Celestino that evened the score at 1-1. Joe Noga, cleveland, 28 June 2022 But in the top of the seventh, Martin made amends with a blast to the left-center wall for his second triple of the game. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 12 June 2022 While the Cardinals were expecting a bunt, Friedl took his best swing of the season and recorded his second triple of the year. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 12 June 2022 McGowan led off the game with a single and scored on an RBI triple by Allee Bunker (2 for 4) that gave Oregon (30-17, 9-14 Pac-12) an immediate lead. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 7 May 2022 Winckowski held the Mud Hens to just two hits over five innings, but one of those was a first-inning triple on a 2-2 count. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 20 June 2022 Graham had four hits, including his first career triple, Sunday night. Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 May 2022 The Beavers finished the job with a five-run ninth, the highlight coming on Dukart’s bases-clearing triple. oregonlive, 8 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective By midweek, the northern and central Plains will experience broiling heat, with temperatures in parts of Montana and the Dakotas possibly reaching the high 90s and into triple digits by Thursday or Friday, Mr. Rausch said. Ginger Adams Otis, WSJ, 7 Aug. 2022 And in the Pacific Northwest -- which has suffered a brutally hot summer -- temperatures are expected to peak Sunday and Monday, with highs in the 90s and triple digits, Brink said. Holly Yan, CNN, 7 Aug. 2022 Temperatures are expected to break triple digits Sunday, possibly reaching 100 degrees in late afternoon. oregonlive, 7 Aug. 2022 Temperatures will top out in the low 90s, and high humidity levels will push the heat index close to triple digits at times. Greg Porter, Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2022 Some of the Plains states were also expected to bake under blistering temperatures that could climb into the triple digits in what has been a relentless stretch of 100-degree days. Kathryn Prociv, NBC News, 4 Aug. 2022 Now, as the heat rises to triple digits on Thursday, service members are continuing to deliver food, water, medication and offer medical support. Kyla Guilfoil, ABC News, 4 Aug. 2022 And Newark, New Jersey, did the same—on its fifth straight day in the triple digits. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2022 Temperatures neared the triple digits nearly all of last week in the Portland area, prompting officials to open emergency overnight shelters and cooling stations. Claire Rush, USA TODAY, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of triple


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


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


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for triple


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


Middle English, from Latin triplus, adjective


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

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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



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



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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