two·​fold | \ ˈtü-ˌfōld How to pronounce twofold (audio) , -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 How to pronounce twofold (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of twofold in a Sentence

a twofold increase in spending The aims of the study are twofold.
Recent Examples on the Web By mid-decade, that trend was accelerating for Microsoft, arguably the most important company in the PC industry…The effect of that transformation on portable PCs is twofold. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "‘Silicon Valley’ Ends With a Whimper," 9 Dec. 2019 The reason the full moon rides so high across the night sky this time of year is twofold. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Skywatch: The full moon is riding high," 8 Dec. 2019 The sticker shock at the end of abatement is twofold: The share of the total tax responsibility steadily rises as the abatement drops over time, while the overall tax bill often climbs when the city reassesses the property. New York Times, "The Taxman Cometh for Some Condos," 6 Dec. 2019 The county says the goal is twofold: to provide better treatment reduce the jail population and recidivism. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County releases first details about how health and human services tax increase would be used," 26 Nov. 2019 The horror of Provolo is twofold: the torture of the children and the Church’s failure to prevent it. Almudena Calatrava,, "Two Catholic priests found guilty of sexually abusing deaf children at school in Argentina," 25 Nov. 2019 The more pressing concerns are twofold: stopping Brock Purdy and making sure the offensive line holds up without redshirt freshman right guard Junior Angilau (MCL sprain). Nick Moyle,, "Texas faces a challenge in Iowa State’s Brock Purdy," 15 Nov. 2019 The interests of Silicon Valley giants are twofold. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Europe Can’t Land Any Big Punches on Big Tech," 12 Nov. 2019 What became clear for the purposes of these rankings was twofold: first, those who couldn’t work within their confines struggled some. Jon Meoli,, "Five takeaways from the Orioles’ top 10 prospect rankings at Baseball America," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of twofold

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Twofold.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of twofold

: twice as much or as many
: having two parts


two·​fold | \ ˈtü-ˌfōld How to pronounce twofold (audio) \

Kids Definition of twofold

: being twice as great or as many

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