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 While Shular offers different levels of training, the culinary training program through Prism will be twofold. Nicole Haase, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Jan. 2022 Hutchinson said the goal of the tax cut law was twofold. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 2 Jan. 2022 The trouble with the partisan-heal-thyself approach, at least as this partisan sees it, is twofold. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021 Health leaders say the problem is twofold: Nurses are quitting or retiring, exhausted or demoralized by the crisis. Bruce Schreiner, The Courier-Journal, 10 Dec. 2021 Its presence was associated with a reduction in one plant's root length by about a third, with chlorophyll levels down threefold, and a twofold increase in invasive mud snails that are typically found in polluted waters. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, 26 Oct. 2021 In August 2021, providers of UPI, the main driver for QR code payments in India, recorded 3.5 billion e-payments worth 639,117 crore rupees ($85.2 billion)—more than a twofold increase from a year ago, RBI data show (pdf). Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 26 Oct. 2021 That's a twofold increase over what the company was seeing at the start of the pandemic. Christopher Elliott, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 The May numbers alone represent a nearly twofold increase over the number of reports received during the busy holiday shopping season last December. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 12 July 2020

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First Known Use of twofold

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Twofold.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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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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