triple

verb
tri·​ple | \ˈtri-pəl \
tripled; tripling\ˈtri-​p(ə-​)liŋ \

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

The bank’s stock has tripled in the past 10 years, easily outpacing the KBW Nasdaq bank index. Nicole Friedman, WSJ, "Berkshire Now Has a $4 Billion Stake in Largest U.S. Bank," 14 Nov. 2018 The value of its space industry has tripled since 2000, and the U.K. this year introduced a space industry bill meant to spark more innovation. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How American Space Launch Left Europe in the Dust," 18 Oct. 2018 Since Bogotá’s Chamber of Commerce launched the fair in 2005, the number of art galleries in Bogotá has tripled, cementing the city’s rightful place on the art world map. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "Where to Go During ArtBo Bogotá, the Art Basel of Latin America," 18 Oct. 2018 Since June of 2017, Match Group stock has nearly tripled. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Tinder hits back against co-founder Sean Rad’s lawsuit: ‘He bet against Tinder’," 9 Oct. 2018 According to a study published in Nature on Wednesday, losses in Antarctica’s ice sheets—which hold 60 to 90 percent of Earth’s fresh water, The New York Times’ Kendra Pierre-Louis notes—have tripled since 2007. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Antarctic Ice Loss Has Tripled Over the Past Decade," 14 June 2018 As the innovation economy in Kendall Square continues to expand—investment in Massachusetts biopharmaceutical companies tripled between 2008 and 2017, reaching $3.1 billion annually—continued growth is about more than just talent. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As top innovation hub expands, can straining local infrastructure keep pace?," 6 Nov. 2018 Between 1982 and 1985, black approval of Ronald Reagan nearly tripled, to 28% from 10%, but Republicans saw no significant uptick in black support for George H.W. Bush in 1988. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Among Black Voters, Trump’s Popularity Inches Upward," 6 Nov. 2018 The number of small donations in Seattle tripled during the cycle when the project launched, from 8,200 in 2015 to at least 25,000 in 2017. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Seattle’s radical plan to fight big money in politics," 5 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But Leake, who all of sudden found himself even again, gave up three more runs in the second, including a two-run triple to Nick Martini, and Servais relieved him with one out in the second inning. Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Mariners rally in 11th, end A’s chances at AL West title," 25 Sep. 2018 After hitting the first batter of the game, Ender Inciarte, on the foot with a slider and then allowing an RBI triple to budding young star Ozzie Albies, Chacín appeared to be anything but in control. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jhoulys Chacin, Hernan Perez come through when needed most to keep Brewers chugging along," 5 July 2018 Moncada wound up with a double instead of a triple and didn’t score. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "How much longer will the White Sox rebuild take?," 28 June 2018 The Tigers scored twice in the fourth on an RBI triple to right by José Iglesias and a sac fly to center by Leonys Martin. ... George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers lose Miguel Cabrera for season in loss vs. Twins, 6-4," 12 June 2018 The next batter, sophomore Zack Paolillo, launched a run-scoring triple to deep center on a hit-and-run play to put Medford ahead. Matt Doherty, BostonGlobe.com, "Medford shows its mettle in D1 North baseball quarterfinal," 12 June 2018 Matt Hall came in and after walking Wall, surrendered a two-run triple to Brendan Rodgers, giving the Yard Goats the 4-2 lead. courant.com, "SeaWolves Rally Past Yard Goats, 5-4 in 10 innings," 5 June 2018 Gleyber Torres tied the score with a single in the third, and Greg Bird put the Yankees in front, 2-1, with a run-scoring triple to deep center in the fifth. Jeff Seidel, New York Times, "After Rocky Start, Sonny Gray Settles Down to Top Slumping Orioles," 1 June 2018 The Orioles took a quick lead three batters into the game when Craig Gentry’s triple to left was followed by a sacrifice fly by Manny Machado to put the Orioles up 1-0. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Bundy allows three homers in Orioles' 10-7 loss to Angels," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Separately, Amazon is tapping New York state for grants and tax breaks worth more than $1.5 billion, the richest in state history and more than triple those offered by Virginia. Bernard Condon, The Seattle Times, "Amazon’s NYC home in ‘opportunity zone’ for Trump tax break," 13 Nov. 2018 Since May, Via’s service in Arlington has gained triple the ridership of the bus. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "As bus ridership continues to decrease, cities are turning to creative alternatives.," 5 Nov. 2018 Things get interesting on the back, where the triple-camera layout forms a big black square. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Huawei Mate 20 Pro pictures show off new triple-camera setup," 25 Sep. 2018 In real life, 40 Eridani is a triple star system located about 17 light-years from the Earth. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Greetings From Vulcan? Planet Discovered Orbiting the Star of Spock's Homeworld in "Star Trek"," 19 Sep. 2018 As for the menu, Croft Alley put together a decadent lunch with fresh burrata, farm house chicken, passion fruit panna cotta, and triple chocolate cookies. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Just 21 Awesome Photos of Issa Rae, Chrissy Metz, and More at Glamour x Tory Burch's Emmy Lunch," 16 Sep. 2018 Fluoxetine, the generic form of Prozac, now comes in dozens of pet-friendly flavors, including peanut butter, apple and molasses, double grape, double liver, double beef, double fish, and — for the especially carnivorous depressive — triple fish. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Did humans drive this polar bear insane?," 13 July 2018 Authorities have acknowledged killing more than 4,200 drug suspects who resisted arrest, AFP reports, but rights groups say the real number is at least triple that figure. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Sri Lanka Will Start Hanging Its Drug Dealers to 'Replicate the Success of Philippines'," 12 July 2018 Earlier, a man was wounded by gunfire in West Oak Lane, while a triple shooting and a double shooting a total of five others injured in West Philadelphia. Katherine Nails, Philly.com, "1 dead, 6 shot in just more than an hour in Philly," 12 July 2018

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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 \
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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