double

adjective
dou·​ble | \ ˈdə-bəl How to pronounce double (audio) \

Definition of double

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : having a twofold relation or character : dual
2 : consisting of two usually combined members or parts an egg with a double yolk
3a : being twice as great or as many double the number of expected applicants
b of a coin : worth two of the specified amount a double eagle a double crown
4 : marked by duplicity : deceitful
5 : folded in two
6 : of extra size, strength, or value a double martini
7 : having more than the normal number of floral leaves often at the expense of the sporophylls
8 of rhyme : involving correspondence of two syllables (as in exciting and inviting)
9 : designed for the use of two persons a double room a double bed

double

verb
doubled; doubling\ ˈdə-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce double (audio) \

Definition of double (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to make twice as great or as many: such as
a : to increase by adding an equal amount
b : to amount to twice the number of
c : to make a call in bridge that increases the value of odd tricks or undertricks at (an opponent's bid)
2a : to bend or fold (something, such as a sheet of paper) usually in the middle so that one part lies directly against the other part
b : clench doubled his fist
c : to cause to stoop
3 : to avoid by doubling : elude
4a : to replace in a dramatic role
b : to play (dramatic roles) by doubling
5a(1) : to advance or score (a base runner) by a double
(2) : to bring about the scoring of (a run) by a double
b : to put out (a base runner) in completing a double play
6 : double-team Jackson's absence was supposed to allow defenses to double Gates.— Jim Trotter

intransitive verb

1a : to become twice as much or as many
b : to double a bid (as in bridge)
2a : to turn sharply and suddenly especially : to turn back on one's course the rabbit doubled back on its tracks
b : to follow a circuitous course
3 : to become bent or folded usually in the middle usually used with up she doubled up in pain
4a : to serve an additional purpose or perform an additional duty
b : to play a dramatic role as a double
5 : to make a double in baseball

double

adverb

Definition of double (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : to twice the extent or amount
2 : two together the children had to sleep double
3 : downward and forward from the usual position he was bent double with pain

double

noun

Definition of double (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : something twice the usual size, strength, speed, quantity, or value: such as
a : a double amount
b : a base hit that enables the batter to reach second base
2 : one that is the counterpart of another : duplicate: such as
a : a living person that closely resembles another living person
b : wraith
c(1) : understudy
(2) : one who resembles an actor and takes his or her place especially in scenes calling for special skills
(3) : an actor who plays more than one role in a production
3a : a sharp turn (as in running) : reversal
b : an evasive shift
4 : something consisting of two paired members: such as
a : fold
b : a combined bet placed on two different contests
c : two consecutive strikes in bowling
5 doubles plural : a game between two pairs of players
6 : an act of doubling in a card game
7 : a room (as in a hotel) for two guests — compare single sense 4
on the double
: very quickly : right away

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Other Words from double

Adjective

doubleness noun

Verb

doubler \ ˈdə-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce double (audio) \ noun

Examples of double in a Sentence

Adjective One of the eggs had a double yolk. The truck crossed the double yellow line and entered the other lane. My name is “Allison,” with a double “l.” Go through those double doors and walk to the end of the hall. I'll have a double espresso, please. a double dose of medicine a double order of fries Verb We all doubled over laughing. He doubled up in pain. Adverb raced to his side double quick Noun I'll have one more glass of vodka. Make it a double, please. People often tell me that I'm his double. The actress's double did all of the dangerous scenes. Can you tell if it's the actor or his double in that shot? He hit a double in the eighth inning.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Idaho’s current unemployment rate of 2.9% puts the state back at pre-pandemic levels last seen in early 2020, a span that includes a period of double-digit unemployment as COVID-19 spread and jobs evaporated. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2021 On Houston's opening possession, the Texans tried to double team Buckner with Fulton and center Nick Martin on 3rd-and-2 from the Houston 43. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Oct. 2021 From double-digit comebacks to a historic game-winning field goal, each game has felt like it was ripped out of a movie script. Ryan Mcfadden, baltimoresun.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Who to start: James Conner (ARI) deserves flex consideration despite the difficult matchup with double-digit carries in four of five and five touchdowns in the last three. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Oct. 2021 In more than three out of every five years there has been a double-digit pullback. Ben Carlson, Fortune, 14 Oct. 2021 For the last 12 months, there were double-digit increases in the meat category. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 13 Oct. 2021 Receivers Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Antonio Brown are all on track to finish with 1,000 yards and double-digit touchdowns receiving. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Oct. 2021 The midsummer reductions cut the double-digit growth pace in imports into Oakland down to nothing and pulled out capacity for U.S. exporters that ship through Oakland to Asia-Pacific markets. Paul Berger, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Since 2010, the private equity industry has invested at least $1.1 trillion into the energy sector — double the combined market value of three of the world’s largest energy companies, Exxon, Chevron and Royal Dutch Shell — according to new research. New York Times, 13 Oct. 2021 With a little over 5,000 square feet, a wrap-around indoor-outdoor bar and double the seating capacity, the new Kapow should be open by the end of the year, according to co-founder Vaughan Dugan. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, 12 Oct. 2021 The new cranes will help double the port’s container capacity once the Howard Street Tunnel is expanded to allow freight trains to carry containers stacked two-high. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 Second Harvest of Silicon Valley now serves 500,000 people a month, double its pre-pandemic numbers. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 July 2021 About 14% of tenants in the U.S. have fallen behind on rent—double the rate before the pandemic. Time, 23 June 2021 Acknowledging a dearth of rapid, at-home coronavirus tests, the White House said Friday that the United States is set to double the number of available tests in the coming months. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Oct. 2021 The city also plans to spend $2 million to double the number of RIGHT Care teams to 10. Everton Bailey Jr., Dallas News, 21 Sep. 2021 The proposal could help double the number of housing units built each year in San Diego, a daunting goal that is required under state law. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb As the season has progressed, being double-teamed has become common for Buckley, who has been playing on the varsity team since midway through his freshman season. Steve Reaven, chicagotribune.com, 7 Oct. 2021 Not exactly friends on this day: White was double-teamed and sometimes even had to deal with three blockers. Barry Wilner, ajc, 28 Sep. 2021 On the way to the finals, both the San Francisco Warriors and the Atlanta Hawks had double-teamed him the entire way on defense, an attempt to keep him under control while forcing other Lakers to do more on offense than normal. Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2021 Then after getting double-teamed in the right corner, Giannis was fouled and Griffin gave the Bucks superstar a little nudge to the ground before stepping over him. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 June 2021 However, Williams’ production was limited through the 2020 season as teams not only sent their best defensive backs to cover him but double-teamed him as well. Giana Han, al, 27 Apr. 2021 Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) is double-teamed by Chicago Bulls guard Denzel Valentine (45) and Chicago Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky (31), in NBA action between the Utah Jazz and the Chicago Bulls, at Vivint Arena, on Friday, April 2, 2021. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Apr. 2021 When Bueckers did get the ball and went to pick-and-roll, Arizona double-teamed her. Chip Scoggins Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 2 Apr. 2021 Michigan's freshman center was double teamed early and often. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, 21 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Taylor led off the seventh inning with a double against left-hander Tyler Matzek. Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2021 Bellinger had been 2-for-53 with 25 strikeouts against the Giants this year, counting the regular season and early NLDS, before his double against Leone. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Oct. 2021 The 24-year-old fired a two-seam fastball down and away to Kyle Isbel, who shot the ball down the left-field line for a double. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 26 Sep. 2021 Willy Adames led off the ninth with a double against Rodriguez but was stranded at second base. BostonGlobe.com, 5 July 2021 Willy Adames led off the ninth with a double against Rodriguez but was stranded at second base. John Perrotto, ajc, 4 July 2021 Jose Altuve led off the Astros sixth with a double against reliever Michael Fulmer (4-4). Dave Hogg, Chron, 27 June 2021 Jose Altuve led off the Astros sixth with a double against reliever Michael Fulmer (4-4). Dave Hogg, Star Tribune, 26 June 2021 That score came after Roberto Pena led off the inning with a double against South Alabama reliever Andy Arguelles, who took the loss in his final game with the Jaguars. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 8 June 2021

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First Known Use of double

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for double

Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French duble, double, from Latin duplus (akin to Greek diploos), from duo two + -plus multiplied by; akin to Old English -feald -fold — more at two, -fold

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The first known use of double was in the 13th century

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“Double.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/double. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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double

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of double

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: made of two parts that are similar or exactly the same
: having two very different parts or qualities
: of a size that is twice as big as usual : of an amount that is twice as much as usual

double

verb

English Language Learners Definition of double (Entry 2 of 4)

: to cause (something) to become two times as great or as many
: to become two times as great or as many
: to have a second job or use

double

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of double (Entry 3 of 4)

: two times as many or as much
: two times

double

noun

English Language Learners Definition of double (Entry 4 of 4)

: something that is two times the usual size, strength, or amount
: someone who looks very much like another person
: a person who looks like an actor and takes the actor's place in some scenes in a movie or TV show

double

adjective
dou·​ble | \ ˈdə-bəl How to pronounce double (audio) \

Kids Definition of double

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : being twice as great or as many I made a double batch of cookies.
2 : made up of two parts or members This egg has a double yolk.
3 : having two very different aspects She serves a double role as teacher and friend.
4 : made for two a double bed
5 : extra large in size or amount double roses

double

verb
doubled; doubling

Kids Definition of double (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : to make or become twice as great or as many : multiply by two You'll need to double the recipe.
2 : to fold usually in the middle Double your paper.
3 : to bend over at the waist He doubled over in laughter.
4 : clench sense 2 I doubled my fist.
5 : to turn sharply and go back over the same path The squirrel doubled back instead of crossing the street.
6 : to have another use or job The table doubled as his desk.

double

adverb

Kids Definition of double (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : two times the amount The last test question counts double.
2 : two together You'll have to sleep double.

double

noun

Kids Definition of double (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : something that is twice the usual size or amount The waiter charged me double.
2 : a hit in baseball that allows the batter to reach second base
3 : someone or something that is very like another You're a double for your sister.
on the double
: very quickly

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