doubledoub‧le1 /ˈdʌbəl/ ●●●S1W2 adjective [usually before noun]1of two partsTWO consisting of two parts that are similar or exactly the samea double sinka double wardrobethe great double doors of the cathedralDon’t park your car on double yellow lines.2two different usesTWOcombining or involving two things of the same typea double murder caseA lot of the jokes were based on double meaning.3twice as bigINCREASE IN NUMBER OR AMOUNT twice as big, twice as much, or twice as many as usuala double whiskyThe city was enclosed by walls of double thickness.4for two peopleTWO made for two people or things to use → singleDo you need a double bed or two singles?a double rooma double garage5TWOtwo letters/numbers British English spoken used to say that a particular letter or number is repeatedMy name’s Robbins with a double ‘b’.The number is 869 double 2 (=86922).6flowerHBP a doubleflower has more than the usual number of petals →doubly
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double• The band has just released a new doublealbum.• The room contained a double bed, a wardrobe, and a small chest of drawers.• Last year she suffered the double blow of losing her father and discovering that she had cancer.• A doublebrandy, please.• a doublecheeseburger• These classes are taught over a double class period by one teacher.• I pushed the double doors open and walked into the office.• Johnson had not scored in double figures in the first five games.• The house had a doublegarage which Millar turned into a study and office.• Before talking about the types of window you can choose, let's look briefly at the question of doubleglazing.• Leave the dough in a warm place to rise until it is double in bulk.• She's doing a double major in political science and economics.• He helped her in a two-year battle against cancer and to come to terms with her doublemastectomy.• Mortensen had a doublemotive for going to San Francisco: to see his kids and to apply for a job.• It hopes its own order book is solid but knows that double ordering is going on in the sector.• The report and photographs fitted nicely onto a doublepage.• During this time the best doublepetunias were named varieties raised from cuttings.• I ordered fish and a doubleportion of chips.• Double rooms cost $80, single rooms are $50.• President Clinton's nominationrepresents a doublesnub say critics.• She drove over the doubleyellow line and crashed head-on into a truck.• You cannot park on double yellow lines.double meaning• Civilization, in fact, has at least a double meaning.• Old rivalries are barely submerged and every quip has a deadlydouble meaning.• No, there was no double meaning in what he'd said.• Or perhaps she was merely responding to the possible double meaning of his last sentence.• Sniggers and the double meaningssurrounded the subject which was one of the biggest taboos in our society.• This gives a double meaning to Blanche's hatred of naked light.
doubledouble2 ●●●S3W3 noun1twice the size [countable, uncountable]INCREASE IN NUMBER OR AMOUNT something that is twice as big, as much etc as usual or as something elseScotch and water, please – make it a double.‘They offered me £10,000.’ ‘I’ll give you double.’2room [countable] a room for two people in a hotel → singleA double costs $95 a night.3 →doubles4baseball [countable]DSB a hit in baseball which allows the batter to reach second baseWalker led the inning with a double.5 →somebody’s double6in films [countable]AMF an actor who takes the place of a more famous actor in a film, especially because the acting involves doing something dangerousI think they used a double in the shower scene.7 →at the double8 →double or quits
doubledouble3 ●●●S3 verb1[intransitive, transitive]INCREASE IN NUMBER OR AMOUNT to become twice as big or twice as much, or to make something twice as big or twice as muchdouble in size/number/value etcWithin two years the company had doubled in size.The church has doubled its membership in the last five years.double the size/number/amount etc (of something)A promise was given to double the number of police on duty.► see thesaurus at increase2[transitive] (also double over/up)FOLD to fold something in halfTake a sheet of paper and double it over.3[intransitive]DSB to hit the ball far enough to get to second base in a game of baseball →double as somebody/something →double back →double up→ See Verb table
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double• The messdeckdoubles as the movielounge, with a videolibrary housing thousands of films.• The bass may however, always be doubled at the octave below if desired.• Welfare spending will nearly double by the year 2002.• The number of female bank managers doubled from 104 to 208.• In those thirty years, San Francisco doubled in size.• Allow the dough to rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, until it has roughly doubled in size.• In all the nine studies of monitoring, the number of cesareandeliveries was doubled in the group that was monitored.• The federal government has doubled its tax on liquor.• Building costs have doubled since then.• In Leicester youth court, the influx of 17-year-olds has doubled the number of juvenileoffenders coming before magistrates.• Quarterly losses at Freeserve, Britain's biggest internet service provider, doubled to nearly $ 27m.• Cleverly used it will double, treble, even quadruple the size.• So the thought of watching a film in which he doubles, triples and quadruples was frankly a most scaryprospect.• Ralph doubled up his blankets and put them at the foot of the bed.double the size/number/amount etc (of something)• According to a recentsurvey, one in four new borrowers takes out unemploymentinsurance, double the number of three years ago.• Her only other suggestion was to double the amount of vanilla, to give it a flavor boost.• In one facetiousarticle he promised to show the government how to double the number of jobs in the railroad industry.• It was the custom then to double the size of most infantrybattalions and of many gunner and other units.• Since Februarybuyers have taken up 1.5m bales, double the amount in the same period last year.• Telephone-answering machines, intended to make phoning more efficient, double the number of phone calls made.• The way to outvote them was to double the number of people who held to the old ways.• We will double the number of Safer Cities Schemes to cover 40 urban areas.doubledouble4 ●●○ adverb →be bent double
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double• As Kasparov knows full well, the years countdouble once a chess player passes 35.doubledouble5 ●●○ predeterminerINCREASE IN NUMBER OR AMOUNTtwice as big, twice as much, or twice as manydouble the amount/number/size etcWe’ll need double this amount for eight people.The value of the house is double what it was.
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double• The house is now worthdouble the amount we paid for it.• Over 30% of marriages end in divorce, which is double the number 20 years ago.double the amount/number/size etc• It has just about doubled the amount of candidates.• Telephone-answering machines, intended to make phoning more efficient, double the number of phone calls made.• It specialises in motor insurance and has doubled the number of policies it sells each year as well as moving into household insurance.• We will double the number of Safer Cities Schemes to cover 40 urban areas.• Her only other suggestion was to double the amount of vanilla, to give it a flavor boost.• It will double the number of vehicles that will come into King's Cross or St. Pancras during the morning peak hours.• This roughly doubles the number of young from a spawning.From King Business Dictionarydoubledoub‧le1 /ˈdʌbəl/ adjectivetwice as big, twice as much, or twice as many as usual, or twice as big, much, or many as something elseThe number of men receiving professional degrees today is still nearly double that of women.doubledouble2 noun [countable, uncountable]something that is nearly twice the size, quantity, value, or strength of something else‘What did they offer you?’ ‘Ten thousand.’ ‘I’ll give you double.’doubledouble3 verb [intransitive, transitive]to become twice as much or as many, or to make something twice as bigThe costs of providing medical insurance for employees has doubled in recent years.GE plans to more than double the size of its railcar leasing operation.→ See Verb tableOrigindouble1(1100-1200)Old FrenchLatinduplus, from duo“two” + -plus“multiplied by”