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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
dou•ble /ˈdʌbəl/USA pronunciation adj., n., v., -bled, -bling,adv. 

adj. 
  • twice as large, heavy, strong, etc.;
    twice as many in size, amount, number, extent, etc.:The workers receive double pay for working on Sundays. He ordered a double whiskey.
  • [before a noun] made up of two similar parts or members; paired:a double sink.
  • Furniture[usually: before a noun] suitable for two persons:We rented a double room.
  • having two meanings; ambiguous:His comment had a double meaning.
  • [usually: before a noun] hiding something dishonestly;
    deceitful:He led a double life, working by day and thieving by night.
  • folded in two layers.

  • n. 
  • anything that is twice the usual size, amount, strength, etc.: [uncountable]She offered me double for the computer.[countable]He ordered a double of scotch from the bar.
  • [countable] a person who exactly or closely resembles another:She is the double of her mother.
  • [countable] a hotel room with two beds or a double bed, for two people.
  • Show Business[countable] a substitute who performs stunts in a movie or TV show that are too hazardous for a star:a stunt double.
  • Sport[countable] Also called ˈtwo-ˌbase ˈhit. a hit in baseball that allows the batter to reach second base safely.
  • Sportdoubles, [uncountable; used with a singular verb] a game or match, as in tennis, in which there are two players on each side:a doubles match.

  • v. 
  • to (cause to) become double or twice as great;
    add an equal amount (of): [no object]Our taxes doubled over a one-year period.[+ object]The landlord doubled our rent.
  • to fold or bend with one part over another: [+ object]The mother doubled the sheets and blankets to keep the baby warmer.[+ up/over + object]She doubled over the sheets and blankets to make the baby warmer.[+ object + up/over]She doubled them up to keep the baby warmer.
  • [+ object] to clench; hold tightly:to double one's fists.
  • [+ object] to pair;
    couple:We doubled partners and began the country dance.
  • [+ as + object] to do a second job in addition to one's primary job; to serve in an additional capacity:The director doubles as an actor.
  • Sport[no object] to hit a double in baseball.
  • [no object] to double-date:We doubled last week, but this week I want to go out with her alone.
  • double back, [no obj] to turn back on a course; reverse direction:I doubled back to see if I could find the missing earring.
  • double up: 
    • [no object] to share quarters planned for only one person or family:You can stay with us; we'll all just double up.
    • Also,ˈdou•ble ˈo•ver. to (cause to) bend over, as from pain: [no object]As the next wave of pain hit, he doubled over.[+ object + up/over]The pain doubled him up and left him gasping on the floor.[ + over/up + obj]:A punch like that would double over anyone.

    adv. 
  • to twice the amount, extent, etc.; twofold:We paid double for that room.
  • two together:to sleep double.
  • idiom
    1. Idiomsdouble or nothing, a bet in which one either wins twice as much as one has bet or gets nothing.
    2. Idiomson the double, without delay; rapidly:Get up there on the double and report to the commander.



    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    double /ˈdʌbəl/ adj (usually prenominal)
    1. as much again in size, strength, number, etc: a double portion
    2. composed of two equal or similar parts; in a pair; twofold: a double egg cup
    3. designed for two users: a double room
    4. folded in two; composed of two layers: double paper
    5. stooping; bent over
    6. having two aspects or existing in two different ways; ambiguous: a double meaning
    7. false, deceitful, or hypocritical: a double life
    8. (of flowers) having more than the normal number of petals
    9. (of an instrument) sounding an octave lower than the pitch indicated by the notation: a double bass
    10. (of time) duple, usually accompanied by the direction alla breve
    adv
    1. twice over; twofold
    2. two together; two at a time (esp in the phrase see double)
    n
    1. twice the number, amount, size, etc
    2. a double measure of spirits, such as whisky or brandy
    3. a duplicate or counterpart, esp a person who closely resembles another; understudy
    4. a wraith or ghostly apparition that is the exact counterpart of a living person; doppelgänger
    5. a sharp turn, esp a return on one's own tracks
    6. a call that increases certain scoring points if the last preceding bid becomes the contract
    7. a strike in which the object ball is struck so as to make it rebound against the cushion to an opposite pocket
    8. a bet on two horses in different races in which any winnings from the horse in the first race are placed on the horse in the later race
    9. the narrow outermost ring on a dartboard
    10. a hit on this ring
    11. at the double, on the doubleat twice normal marching speed
    12. quickly or immediately
    vb
    1. to make or become twice as much
    2. to bend or fold (material, a bandage, etc)
    3. (transitive) sometimes followed by up: to clench (a fist)
    4. (tr; often followed by together or up) to join or couple: he doubled up the team
    5. (transitive) to repeat exactly; copy
    6. (intransitive) to play two parts or serve two roles
    7. to sail around (a headland or other point)
    8. to duplicate (a voice or instrumental part) either in unison or at the octave above or below it
    9. (intransitive) usually followed by on: to be capable of performing (upon an instrument additional to one's normal one): the third trumpeter doubles on cornet
    10. to make a call that will double certain scoring points if the preceding bid becomes the contract
    11. to cause (a ball) to rebound or (of a ball) to rebound from a cushion across or up or down the table
    12. (intransitive) followed by for: to act as substitute (for an actor or actress)
    13. (intransitive) to go or march at twice the normal speed

    See also double back, doubles, double upEtymology: 13th Century: from Old French, from Latin duplus twofold, from duo two + -plus -fold

    ˈdoubler n



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