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

In the 2018 fiscal year, 8,997 people from India were apprehended at the Southwest border -- more than triple the number from the year before, when 2,943 Indian migrants were apprehended. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "A 6-year-old from India died after crossing the US-Mexico border. More Indians are making that journey," 14 June 2019 The money is key to Newsom’s signature effort to triple the size of California’s tax credit for those with the lowest annual incomes. John Myers, latimes.com, "California lawmakers approve a state budget blueprint, but negotiations continue," 13 June 2019 Relocating from its former space in Lantana, Dress for Success Palm Beaches has tripled the size of its facility. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "New location a good fit for Dress for Success Palm Beaches, officials say," 11 June 2019 The industry built shipping empires to ensure access to Australian coal and Brazilian iron ore used in steelmaking and tripled the size of the nation’s rail network between 1975 and 2017 to speed China’s industrial boom. Chuin-wei Yap, WSJ, "How China Built a Steel Behemoth and Convulsed World Trade," 24 Dec. 2018 After all, what better way to triple the size of the heart of a beauty Grinch than with a new brush set? Leah Prinzivalli, Teen Vogue, "PÜR Unveils 'The Grinch'–Inspired 5-Piece Beauty Collection," 1 Oct. 2018 In 2006, the Koehlers did a major expansion, tripling the market's size. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Honey Bee Market in Mexicantown welcomes Ford to the neighborhood," 14 June 2018 The owner of the F. Christiana and Co. food distribution center in Marrero plans to triple its facility size and add 45 jobs to its 140-person payroll, officials said Thursday (May 24). Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "F. Christiana food distributor to add 45 jobs, triple size of Marrero operations," 24 May 2018 The deployment will nearly triple the size of the California National Guard's transnational crime program, which Brown said in his letter currently has 250 members, including 55 at the border. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "Jerry Brown agrees to Trump's request for a National Guard call-up | The Sacramento Bee," 11 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Gomes hit a triple into the gap in right center to score Jared Rodrick from first. Alex Bensley, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston English prevails in D4 North semifinal over New Mission," 12 June 2019 Wayne Kirby started in place of Manny Ramirez and hit a triple. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Indians fans’ streak of 455 sellouts began 24 years ago this week," 10 June 2019 Hosmer hit a one-out triple in the ninth inning and scored the tying run on Naylor’s two-out single. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hedges, Padres walk off Nationals," 8 June 2019 Max Perry hit a triple as Springfield (Montco) topped Esperanza, 13-0, in the first round of the PIAA Class 4A playoffs. Tom Ignudo, https://www.inquirer.com, "Monday’s Southeastern Pa. roundup: Jordan Morales powers Souderton baseball past La Salle," 3 June 2019 Eduardo Escobar hit a three-run triple and David Peralta homered, lifting the Diamondbacks to a 7-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. John Marshall, The Seattle Times, "Escobar’s 3-run triple helps Diamondbacks beat Giants 7-0," 17 May 2019 Tromp, who went 2-for-5 at the plate Monday, also hit a two-run triple in the first, and scored on an earlier single from Hall (2-for-5) in the next at-bat to give Reading a 3-0 lead. Nick Tricome, Philly.com, "Phillies minor league report: Reading wins in walk-off fashion after 10 innings," 5 June 2018 Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists for his seventh playoff triple-double overall, and third of this postseason. Anne M. Peterson, The Seattle Times, "Green shows a more mature side for the Warriors," 20 May 2019 Balenciaga’s triple-S sneaker was one of the first to hit the scene, and those clunkers have since been worn by fashion girls such as Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner. Vogue, "Forget Dad Sneakers—Kendall Jenner Is Doing the Dad Jacket," 8 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Carlo, from Colorado Springs, was a midget triple-A star in the Denver area who took the major-junior route instead of college. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Chambers: Former Avalanche, DU Pioneer and CC Tiger hoist the Stanley Cup," 15 June 2019 Residents were asked to turn off unnecessary lights and to keep thermostats to 78 degrees or higher as the temperature in some areas reached triple digits, the ISO said in a news release. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "West Coast's triple-digit heat wave drives statewide energy conservation effort," 12 June 2019 Temperatures are expected near triple digits, just the beginning of what could be another menacing fire season. CBS News, "Fast-moving wildfire forces hundreds to evacuate California Six Flags," 10 June 2019 Duplantis, who last week broke LSU’s career hits record, went 4-for-6 at the plate, finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Luke Johnson, nola.com, "Antoine Duplantis’ LSU ride comes to a close: ‘He’s had a hell of a career.’," 10 June 2019 His father was a 13-year major-leaguer who manages the Albuquerque Isotopes, the triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Marc Narducci, https://www.inquirer.com, "MLB draft: Harriton pitcher Jack Kochanowicz goes in third round to Angels," 4 June 2019 Those drugs helped Gilead’s sales to nearly triple from $11.2 billion in 2013 to $32.6 billion in 2015. Joseph Walker, WSJ, "Roche Executive Daniel O’Day Is Named Gilead CEO," 10 Dec. 2018 For a prime example, look to triple nominee SZA, who stepped onto the 2018 MTV VMAs red carpet with her toes painted a show-stopping shade of neon yellow. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "This VMAs Triple Nominee Just Turned the Perfect Clashing Pedicure Into a Red Carpet Win," 21 Aug. 2018 The Scorpion tour jacket comes in sizes ranging from small to triple XL and is available to purchase for $150. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Drake Is Selling Customizable 'Scorpion' Tour Jackets," 2 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 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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