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 By providing both premium fertilizer and a digital knowledge platform to as many as 250,000 smallholder farms, Holsether thinks Yara can help triple their yields and find markets for their products. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "A Food Crisis of ‘Biblical Proportions’," 29 June 2020 Approval for the first USDA installment, for roughly $560,000, came in the end of May, and enabled the project to triple its weekly deliveries to about 3,200 boxes of produce. Natalia Gurevich, SFChronicle.com, "As Bay Area restaurant business drops, local farms send produce to struggling families," 28 June 2020 Mactaggart’s new initiative would triple the penalties for companies that violate the rules for children under 16. Washington Post, "Data privacy, other measures qualify for California ballot," 26 June 2020 Patel’s new India Grocers store would triple the size of his current Parma Heights grocery store, which opened in 1994. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "India Grocers sets sights on Middleburg Heights location," 24 June 2020 Vision 2030 estimates that the number of women must nearly double, Black or African Americans must more than double, and Hispanic or Latinos must triple over the next 10 years. Suresh V. Garimella, Scientific American, "We're Squandering the Potential of Millions of Young People," 22 June 2020 The proposal would triple the act's fines for collecting and selling children's information. Washington Examiner, "California group puts tough privacy regulations on the ballot," 11 June 2020 In one week, her firm rented four apartments to New Yorkers, Ms. Hardisty said, while fielding several inquiries by purchasers, enough to triple the activity levels of a typical April. New York Times, "Coronavirus Escape: To the Suburbs," 8 May 2020 But researchers at Harvard said the U.S. needs to nearly triple the current rate of testing to at least 500,000 people per day. Mola Lenghi, CBS News, "Concerns rise over accuracy of coronavirus antibody testing," 21 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gage Collins tied the game with a two-RBI single and three-hole hitter Hayden Ford put the Astros in front to stay with an RBI triple to the fence in left field. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Bay Area’s Little Leaguers celebrate start of summer with lots of baseball," 21 June 2020 With Team USA, Foscue hit .255 and tied for the team lead in doubles (three) and also hit a triple. Dallas News, "5 things to know about new Rangers 2B Justin Foscue: A ‘pure hitter’ who could eventually replace Rougned Odor," 11 June 2020 Ginobili immediately found Horry, who stepped inbounds to the left wing and nailed the open triple as Prince ran over to contest the shot. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons what-if: Did Rasheed Wallace's defensive gaffe cost them a ring?," 10 June 2020 Sparks also hit a triple and a home run in Crosby’s 11-7 district win over Galena Park on March 3. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Softball: Crosby’s Grace Sparks throws perfect game, no-hitter in one weekend," 7 Mar. 2020 Feliciano, 20, was voted the most valuable player of the Carolina League, batting .272 with 25 doubles, four triples, 19 home runs, 81 RBI, .477 slugging, 48 extra-base hits and 210 total bases. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cardinals 12, Brewers 2: Gonzalez gets shelled as Brewers drop first game of crucial stretch," 26 Aug. 2019 Digital media jobs pay median wages double, triple and sometimes even more than the region’s annual $33,150 salary, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "Creative Village: UCF-Valencia campus expected to be hottest area for downtown Orlando growth," 7 Aug. 2019 Center fielder Kylee West hit .360 with a club-best six triples and swiped 15 bases. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "What could have been: Bitter ending for softball players, teams around Greater Cincinnati," 6 May 2020 That bonus more than triples the weekly benefits jobless Arizonans receive from the usual $240 a week maximum. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Arizona's jobless claims surpass 500,000, but number of new applications declines," 4 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective If the slayings continue at this pace, the city's homicides could hit triple digits for the first time in at least two generations, probably more. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Record number of killings: Cincinnati gun violence spikes in first half of 2020," 2 July 2020 Tuesday’s forecast will repeat itself Wednesday, with high temperatures in the low-90s and heat index values in the triple digits. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Triple-digit ‘feels like’ temps in Houston on Tuesday," 30 June 2020 This lightweight option features sweat-wicking material that'll keep you fresh while battling triple-digit heat. Lindsay Tigar, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need to go on the safest road trip possible," 26 June 2020 The state has been reporting new COVID-19 cases in triple digits in recent weeks, ranging from about 100-300 or more per day. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky will end ban on nursing homes visits, advises quarantine for Myrtle Beach-goers," 25 June 2020 Cities like Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, will see high temperatures in the triple digits this weekend. Allison Chinchar, CNN, "Summer officially starts Saturday and the heat is settling in," 20 June 2020 Thomas Davis, an outside linebacker who joined Washington in free agency in March, also reached triple digits in leading the Los Angeles Chargers in tackles last season. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Washington ‘got to find a home’ for Ryan Anderson, coach Ron Rivera says," 15 June 2020 Kentucky continues to post triple-digit daily numbers of new COVID-19 cases — ranging from around 100 to more than 300 some days — a trend Gov. Andy Beshear said state officials are watching closely. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "'Go slow, follow the rules': Kentucky continues to reopen but COVID-19 threat remains," 20 June 2020 James has 13 triple-doubles this season, bringing back memories of that 27-11-11 night in Game 7 against the Warriors. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Four years after Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA championship, where are they now?," 19 June 2020

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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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Time Traveler for triple

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The first known use of triple was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

2 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Triple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/triple. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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triple

verb
How to pronounce triple (audio)

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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