triple

verb
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

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 applicant can have an income of no more than $236,499 — triple the state’s median household income of $78,833. Mark Pazniokas, courant.com, 14 June 2021 For Rubin to get all that cash, the stock of One Medical, traded as 1Life Healthcare, must rise sharply over the next seven years, to nearly triple its current price. Washington Post, 3 June 2021 With port traffic expected to nearly triple between 2012 and 2035, the situation is only expected to decline. Liam Dillon Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2021 And as the session draws to a close in Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey is waiting for the legislature to send him bills that would expand tax-credit scholarships and triple the number of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts available to families. Jeb Bush, National Review, 21 May 2021 Once completed, the project will nearly triple the size of the existing center. Cameron Goodnight, baltimoresun.com, 9 Apr. 2021 As show in Figure 5, Twilio’s valuation implies its profits will nearly triple that of Intuit, despite Twilio’s NOPAT currently ranking seventh worst in the industry. David Trainer, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 At roughly 8,500 square feet, the new venue will nearly triple the size of its current location. John Benson, cleveland, 4 Mar. 2021 Beijing could triple its territory, recreating an empire unmatched in size since the time of the Mongol Khans, 700 years ago. Robert Zubrin, National Review, 10 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After a Nic Batum 3 rimmed out, the Jazz made a rare foray into transition, and saw Bojan Bogdanovic lean into a triple. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 June 2021 The Hornets jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first as Evan Jones capped the rally with a two-out, two-run triple. Bill Lumpkin Iii, al, 1 May 2021 After Michael Taylor homered off Arihara for the Royals’ first run, rookie center fielder Leody Taveras lost a ball in the bright sun, which Kyle Isbel turned into a triple. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 3 Apr. 2021 After O'Tremba's triple, the Sun Devils gave up another run on a throwing error by pitcher Graham Osman off a bunt. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 2 Apr. 2021 Right fielder Darin Ruf later turned a single into a triple. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, 16 Aug. 2020 Nick Madrigal hit a tiebreaking triple in the seventh inning as the White Sox completed a four-game sweep. Sarah Trotto, Star Tribune, 30 May 2021 Nick Madrigal hit a tiebreaking triple in the seventh inning as the White Sox completed a four-game sweep. Sarah Trotto, ajc, 30 May 2021 The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning when Tyler Wade, who had entered the game as a sub when Ryan LaMarre pulled up injured while running out a grounder, hit an RBI triple. Anthony Mccarron, courant.com, 19 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Helping the Black Knights rattle off three wins, the senior combined for 18 strikeouts in two Hockomock wins over Sharon and had a two-run triple in the first game. BostonGlobe.com, 8 June 2021 Floyd Central senior Evan Goforth then had an RBI triple and Sorg had an RBI single to score two more runs. Phillip Steinmetz, The Courier-Journal, 31 May 2021 Meadows had a two-run triple in the first and connected on a third-inning two-run homer. Mark Didtler, Star Tribune, 27 May 2021 Jack Pistner had a big RBI triple, and Watson added an RBI hit of his own in that second frame. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, 27 May 2021 Kendall Hendrix had a triple and Bethany Wilkerson had three RBIs for the Lions (2-5). Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 25 May 2021 Mariah Bazile has a two-run triple for the Trojans in the first. Al.com Reports, al, 22 May 2021 Justin Upton and Taylor Ward homered in the Angels' four-run second inning, and Mike Trout had a late RBI triple as the Halos opened the Freeway Series with only their fifth win in 16 games. Greg Beacham, ajc, 8 May 2021 Amber Stanic and Lauren Wachowiak had two hits apiece while Avery Couch had a RBI triple for Byron Nelson (14-14). Dallas News, 30 Apr. 2021

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

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Last Updated

21 Jun 2021

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“Triple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/triple. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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

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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