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 That figure will nearly triple to $321 million in 2027 once the rate reaches $15, the administration said. Christen Smith, Washington Examiner, "Minimum wage debate taking shape in Pennsylvania Senate," 31 Mar. 2021 Enough solar projects are queued up for development that solar capacity in Texas will triple by the end of this year, from 3,900 megawatts of capacity to over 13,200. Diego Mendoza-moyers, San Antonio Express-News, "More solar power was generated in Texas last month than in all of 2015," 11 Feb. 2021 But Utah’s other incoming freshman, Burgess Owens, a 69-year-old former NFL player who made money by running a charity and giving speeches, will nearly triple his salary. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Blake Moore takes a pay cut to join Congress while Burgess Owens nearly triples his wages," 1 Jan. 2021 In other Space Force News, the chief of Space Operations, Gen. Jay Raymond, told reporters the service will nearly triple in size, from the current 2,400 members to 6,400 by 2021. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Please, Space Force, Don't Call Your Troops 'Guardians'," 21 Dec. 2020 Speculators trying to triple their money aren’t very attentive to whether a markup is 0.5% or 0.25%. William Baldwin, Forbes, "Four Factors Driving Coinbase Stock Up," 15 Apr. 2021 Outraged and embarrassed over such a security lapse, Iran vowed on Tuesday to triple its uranium enrichment purity — the most brazen departure yet from its commitments under the nuclear deal. New York Times, "Iran’s Top Leader Signals That Nuclear Talks Will Resume Despite Natanz Sabotage," 14 Apr. 2021 BofA Securities analysts reckon that the eurozone will have to triple its vaccination pace to fully reopen to overseas tourists by July. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "5 ways the EU’s dreadful COVID vaccine rollout harms the global economy," 14 Apr. 2021 Owners Alisha and Ty Hayes opened their popular restaurant at 151 E. Sunset Drive in Waukesha in 2009 and expanded it in 2018 to triple the seating. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Barbecue restaurant Pat's Rib Place will open in the Milwaukee Public Market," 13 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the six games before he was sidelined, Melton hit .409 with nine RBIs, eight runs scored, two home runs, two doubles and a triple. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Oregon State Beavers vs. UCLA Bruins: How to watch, live updates from Pac-12 baseball series opener," 1 May 2021 Alyssa Smith had two hits with a triple for Saginaw. Dallas News, "Playoff softball roundup: McKinney Boyd surprises Flower Mound, Euless Trinity tops Keller, plus more area recaps," 30 Apr. 2021 Jillian Crawford got things started in the Cougars’ half of the first inning with a triple. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, "Patterson Mill softball stays unbeaten with walk-off win over North Harford, 8-7 | ROUNDUP," 28 Apr. 2021 Garrett Caropreso pitched 2 innings, giving up 2 hits, while throwing 2 strikeouts, while Matthew Prevesk was 1-2 with a triple for Apopka (21-4). Dominique Smith, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando area high school scores and top performers from Tuesday, April 27," 28 Apr. 2021 Kiké Hernández led off the seventh with a triple against Seattle reliever Casey Sadler, who bounced an 0-and-2 curveball for a wild pitch that got past catcher Luis Torrens and allowed Alex Verdugo to score the go-ahead run. Doug Alden, courant.com, "Mariners rally with 4-run 10th, beat Red Sox on 3 hits," 22 Apr. 2021 Eighth-grader Livy Huter is batting .379 with 39 runs scored, 17 RBIs, five doubles, a homer and a triple. al, "Hard work paying off for fifth-ranked, 26-8 Madison County softball squad," 14 Apr. 2021 Tyler White had two doubles and a triple for Bishop Amat. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Roundup: Jose Coto is making impact for El Camino Real’s unbeaten soccer team," 8 Apr. 2021 The onslaught continued in the second as Bradley opened with a triple into the right-field corner and Keston Hiura doubled him in. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 7, Pirates 1: Early offensive barrage leads to a stress-free night for Anderson," 17 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The triple-double is the 178th of Westbrook's career, leaving him three shy of Oscar Robertson's record total of 181. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "'Point guards don't do what he does': Wizards' Russell Westbrook drops crazy stat line," 4 May 2021 The Wizards, who entered having won 10 of 12, aren't the Oklahoma City Thunder team that allowed Sabonis to get a triple-double in the first half. J. Michael, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Pacers drop crucial season series with loss to Washington Wizards," 4 May 2021 Doncic finished with 31 points, 20 assists and 12 rebounds for his first triple-double since March 15, but the 35th in his 190-game career. Dallas News, "Luka Doncic’s triple-double powers Mavs past Wizards, into 5th-place tie in the West," 1 May 2021 Those performances helped the Heat overcome a 22-point, 11-assist, 10-rebound triple-double from Spurs guard Dejounte Murray as well as 20 points from DeMar DeRozan and 18 from former University of Miami guard Lonnie Walker IV. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Butler, Adebayo, support system steps up in Heat 116-111 win over Spurs," 28 Apr. 2021 Wednesday’s triple-double was his fourth of the season, which puts Murray in elite company. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "The triple take: Heat 116, Spurs 111," 28 Apr. 2021 Doncic nearly had a triple-double with 30 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and the Mavericks defeated the Pistons (18-41) at American Airlines Center, 127-117. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons dusted by Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks, 127-117," 22 Apr. 2021 The triple-double was his 27th of the season and 173rd of his career, second to Oscar Robertson’s 181, but coach Scott Brooks was more thankful for Westbrook's defense. Ben Nuckols, ajc, "Curry finally goes cold, Beal rallies Wizards past Warriors," 22 Apr. 2021 The triple-double was his 27th of the season and 173rd of his career, second to Oscar Robertson's 181. Ben Nuckols, Star Tribune, "Curry finally goes cold, Beal rallies Wizards past Warriors," 21 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

4 May 2021

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“Triple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/triple. Accessed 7 May. 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 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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