two·​fold | \ˈtü-ˌfōld, -ˈfōld\

Definition of twofold 

1 : having two parts or aspects

2 : being twice as great or as many

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twofold \ ˈtü-​ˈfōld \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for twofold


binary, bipartite, double, double-barreled, double-edged, dual, duplex, twin



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Examples of twofold in a Sentence

a twofold increase in spending The aims of the study are twofold.

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The objective is twofold: to break the Guinness World Record for most manicures in one day and to raise money and awareness for DKMS, the world's largest bone marrow donor center. Dawn Spinner Davis, Harper's BAZAAR, "Get a Free Sally Hansen Manicure — For a Good Cause," 9 June 2010 The case’s problems are twofold, libertarian law professor Jonathan Adler, who supported previous litigation against the law, told me. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Anthony Kennedy’s departure from the Supreme Court could have significant repercussions for health care.," 6 July 2018 There are plenty of technical differences, but the upshot for you is twofold. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "The Next Generation of Wi-Fi Security Will Save You From Yourself," 26 June 2018 Gloucester High Principal James Cook said the school has a twofold goal in this: Provide alternatives to straight suspension and address underlying issues that led to the disciplinary action. Paul Leighton, The Christian Science Monitor, "Youth centers to offer positive support for suspended students," 31 May 2018 And the benefits of matchmaking are twofold: not only does the matchee get the support of their friends, the wingman actually gets a sense of reward upon moderating a connection. Allie Volpe, The Cut, "The Dating App That Put My Friends in Charge of My Love Life," 7 June 2018 Athletic directors will tell you that the reason is twofold. Andy Staples,, "The Perfect Roles for Les Miles's Budding Acting Career," 30 May 2018 The hurdles Howard will face in making Carolina's roster are twofold. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Does Panthers receiving corps have room for Devin Funchess-lite? Ex-UNC star hopes so | Charlotte Observer," 28 May 2018 Goals for the Hingham boys’ lacrosse team were twofold on Saturday: continue to bounce back from its first loss of the season earlier in the week, and play gracious host to a special guest. Jake Levin,, "Hingham boys show off in lacrosse," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of twofold

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of twofold

: twice as much or as many

: having two parts


two·​fold | \ˈtü-ˌfōld \

Kids Definition of twofold

: being twice as great or as many

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