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

Almond growers have tripled their orchard acreage from 400,000 acres in 1990 to 1.36 million acres in 2018. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: Trump’s assault on Delta threatens Bay Area water supply," 27 Aug. 2019 The company’s stock price has roughly tripled since Bolsonaro’s election, hitting a record high. Washington Post, "How beef demand is accelerating the Amazon’s deforestation and climate peril," 26 Aug. 2019 Nationwide, the number of hours per commuter lost to traffic delays has nearly tripled since the 1980s, rising to 54 hours a year, according to the 2019 Urban Mobility Report, released on Thursday. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "Study finds ‘rush hour’ term out-of-date because traffic’s now bad all the time. Gridlock costs Chicagoans 3 days per year.," 22 Aug. 2019 Drug and alcohol deaths in Wisconsin have more than tripled since 1999, increasing from 593 that year to 1,985 in 2017. Scott Bauer, Twin Cities, "Life expectancy drops in Wisconsin due to alcohol, drugs," 22 Aug. 2019 Compared to a year ago, the rate of refinancing has nearly tripled. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Mortgage rates fall below 4% and refis explode as rates tumble," 14 Aug. 2019 However, the prices of these versions have almost tripled since 2002, The Washington Post reported, and more and more diabetes patients are unable to afford the medication. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Engaged 27-Year-Old Man Dies After Switching to Over-the-Counter Insulin to Save Costs," 6 Aug. 2019 The amount of plastic in the Atlantic Ocean has tripled since the 1960s. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "Marine pollution, explained," 2 Aug. 2019 The share of students with 504 plans in her district, Capistrano Unified, in Orange County, has tripled since the 2013-14 school year, accounting for about 1,000 more students, according to district data. New York Times, "Need Extra Time on Tests? It Helps to Have Cash," 30 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Instead, the ball rolled past Pillar and Jones cruised into third with a two-run triple. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks ride roller coaster, strong Merrill Kelly outing to beat Giants," 18 Aug. 2019 In the bottom of the eighth inning, Kevin Pillar gave the Giants the lead again with a triple into the right center field gap to score Evan Longoria. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants closer Will Smith hits for himself, stuns Phillies to secure series-clinching win," 11 Aug. 2019 The first five batters reached — Castro and Castellanos singled and Stewart and Brandon Dixon were hit by pitches — before Jeimer Candelario cleared the bases with a three-run triple. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers observations: Offense brilliant, Jordan Zimmermann pounded," 14 July 2019 Things really got worrisome when the Arsenal came up with a two-RBI triple, followed by a run-scoring double. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood Blue 7U Pinto All-Stars bag Blue Division’s top seed for Sunday’s title round," 13 July 2019 Right fielder Aaron Judge initially mishandled the ball against a side wall, and Guerrero slid in safely for the first triple of his career. Ian Harrison, BostonGlobe.com, "Blue Jays make it two straight over Yankees," 10 Aug. 2019 Altuve's run-scoring triple in the seventh snapped a 1-for-10 start with runners in scoring position, affording Houston sorely needed separation in an otherwise sluggish, 3-2 series-opening win. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros edge Orioles for 7th straight win," 9 Aug. 2019 The Tigers cut the deficit to 4-3 in the sixth after Brandon Dixon’s triple and Harold Castro’s RBI fielder’s choice. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' rookies show glimpses in otherwise disappointing night, a 7-4 loss," 6 Aug. 2019 That cycle of interest saw Sky Blue’s attendance triple after the return of the World Cup stars last month; the club had averaged fewer than 1,500 fans before the tournament. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "World Cup Stars and Cheap Tickets. Will Fans Now Care About Women’s Pro Soccer?," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Women’s World Cup saw triple-digit weather in typically temperate France. Wired, "Elite Athletes Are Changing How They Train for Extreme Heat," 30 Aug. 2019 The team’s No. 8 prospect’s contract was selected from triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday morning. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Sheldon Neuse forces his way onto Athletics’ roster; Matt Chapman sits and Sean Manaea stands by," 29 Aug. 2019 But not until those nasty triple-digit temps take their leave. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "How outdoor lighting can make your yard an inviting living space," 29 Aug. 2019 In addition, multiple cities saw high temperatures break into the triple digits. Leigh Morgan, al, "Hot take: Here are some of today’s hottest temperatures so far," 13 Aug. 2019 The Lebanon Farmers Market was a go on July 20, despite the region being in the midst of a heat wave promising to bring temperatures reaching the triple digits. Melanie Savage, courant.com, "Farmers Market Persists Despite Weather," 26 July 2019 Over the past few days, as temperatures in New York City rose close to triple digits, two incidences of police officers getting water thrown at them sparked outrage from the New York Police Department and Mayor Bill de Blasio. Currie Engel, Time, "'This Is Not Acceptable': NYPD and Mayor De Blasio Slam Videos of People Throwing Water on Police Officers," 23 July 2019 The city is one of a handful of locations experiencing a heat index in the triple digits, including cities in the Midwest and East Coast. Justin Carissimo, CBS News, "Massive heat wave blamed for at least 6 deaths," 21 July 2019 In a wide-ranging, supersized Comic-Con panel yesterday, Marvel Games dove deep into three upcoming triple-A games. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Marvel's Games Are Starting to Feel a Lot Like Its Movies," 19 July 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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