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

Since 1960, the amount of municipal solid waste produced has nearly tripled in the United States alone, with the amount of waste generated rising from 88.1 million tons to 262.4 million tons in 2015. Teen Vogue, "Environmental Science Is Crucial to Combat Climate Change — So Why Isn't It a Mandatory Class?," 29 Apr. 2019 Three years into the philanthropic side hustle, the number of patients applying for Face Forward's help had tripled. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Nonprofit Face Forward Changes the Lives of Domestic Violence Survivors With Free Plastic Surgery," 26 Mar. 2019 The town has tripled their number of visitors since the show first debuted, according to a report by the New York Times. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "How To Book Your Stay At Joanna And Chip Gaines’s Magnolia House Vacation Rental," 23 Jan. 2019 The itch-inducing insects have tripled their normal population in many areas. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s mockery of the #MeToo movement underscores the GOP’s problem with women in 2018," 6 July 2018 Rising demand from countries including Japan, China, Korea and India has tripled seaborne LNG cargoes since 2000 to 308 million metric tons last year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Korea’s Mega-Merger of Shipyards Set to Dominate Global Shipbuilding," 6 Feb. 2019 Illnesses from mosquito, tick and flea bites tripled in the United States from 2004 through 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Scott Dance, Washington Post, "Mosquitoes are at three times their normal number in Maryland this summer," 5 July 2018 Store closing announcements more than tripled last year to about 7,000, a record, according to retail think tank Fung Global Retail and Technology. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "This Charlotte retailer had 'a very disappointing year.' Can it turn things around? | Charlotte Observer," 7 May 2018 Nationally, illnesses from insects like mosquitoes, ticks and fleas have already tripled from 2004 to 2016, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control. Alex Harris, miamiherald, "Mosquito season could get longer and more hazardous to your health — especially in Miami | Miami Herald," 1 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Balenciaga’s triple-S sneaker was one of the first to hit the scene, and those clunkers have since been worn by fashion girls such as Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner. Vogue, "Forget Dad Sneakers—Kendall Jenner Is Doing the Dad Jacket," 8 May 2019 Triple threats: The Sox have 27 triples, second in baseball to the Diamondbacks’ 31. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "White Sox manager Rick Renteria strongly suggests shin guard for Jose Abreu," 4 July 2018 Kevin Kiermaier had a one-out triple off Blaine Hardy (3-2) in the 10th. Mark Didtler, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Rays stay hot at home as Daniel Robertson's walk-off single in the 10th beats Tigers," 9 July 2018 Poland threw an eight-inning complete game, and had a leadoff triple in the eighth to set off a four-run avalanche, as the defending 4A champs notched a 5-1 victory. Brent Glasgow, Indianapolis Star, "HS baseball: Cathedral explodes in extra innings, heads back to Victory Field," 9 June 2018 But Brian Anderson led off the third with a triple and spurred an inning that sent nine men to the plate. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Marlins beat Brewers in 12 innings in front of record-low crowd," 12 July 2018 Jameson Taillon had mastered them for the first six innings before Williams struck in the seventh with a two-out triple to right field to bring home Carlos Santana. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies use late rally to beat Pirates for sixth straight win," 7 July 2018 Hernán Pérez led off the Brewers second with a triple into the right-field corner and Keon Broxton worked Fried for a walk. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 7, Braves 2: Jhoulys Chacín gives a weary bullpen some rest with 7 strong innings," 5 July 2018 Last season the Sox led the American League with 37 triples. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "White Sox manager Rick Renteria strongly suggests shin guard for Jose Abreu," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Nittany Lions would finish the season 11–1 and outlast Florida State in a triple-overtime Orange Bowl victory. Will Mccollister, SI.com, "On the Outside Looking In: The Best Teams to Finish No. 3 in the BCS Era," 11 July 2018 The black unemployment and poverty rates are triple that of whites. Washington Post, "Teen’s police killing tests long-frustrated black Pittsburgh," 1 July 2018 An offshore wind farm can cost can cost nearly triple that of a onshore project, according to the International Energy Agency. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "While offshore wind gets developed, Texas will likely stay onshore," 22 June 2018 The fries themselves are triple cooked, starting with a boil in salt water and vinegar — the vinegar helps the potato cook all the way through without falling apart, Levins said. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "An ode to fries. Here are the 5 best places to eat fries in Louisville," 4 June 2018 Swedberg, a Penn State recruit, had a triple, double and single to finish the season with 47 hits. Bob Narang, Lake County News-Sun, "Palatine's hitting too much for Caitlyn Britton and Warren softball to overcome in sectional final loss," 3 June 2018 In recent seasons, collections started creeping in the direction of triple digits, then blew right past 100 with no looking back. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Fall 2019’s Top 10 Most-Viewed Collections," 11 Mar. 2019 There’s a 500-square-meter ballroom with triple-height ceilings, a gourmet restaurant, Bao Li Xuan, and a whiskey bar. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Bulgari’s New Shanghai Hotel Has Gourmet Chocolates, Fine Jewels...and a Chamber of Commerce," 17 Aug. 2018 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

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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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