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 But the occasion for all of this dancing was twofold. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 China’s problem is twofold: too much investment chasing too little demand, and too many companies with too little profit. Allysia Finley, WSJ, 19 May 2022 Their message was twofold: to demand justice for slain journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and to bring attention to the nakba, or the displacement and ongoing oppression of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. Austen Erblat, Sun Sentinel, 15 May 2022 The ultimate goal is twofold: identify the ideal development opportunities to keep employees happy, engaged, and content to stay at your organization and develop a succession plan for all operational roles. Rhett Power, Forbes, 8 May 2022 The reasons are twofold: Countries lack money to buy the tests, and demand has dropped in regions where Covid rates are now low. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times, 8 May 2022 The crisis challenging María and other independent tequila makers is twofold. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 May 2022 In a conversation with Merve Emre for Vulture, Franzen explains this decision as twofold. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 23 Nov. 2021 The issue is twofold, as food bank administrators grapple with their own higher costs for food and gas. Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 27 Jun. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of twofold

: being twice as great or as many

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