Double - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdʌbl|  American pronunciation of the word double
Brit.  |ˈdʌb(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word double


- a base hit on which the batter stops safely at second base
he hit a double to deep centerfield
- a stand-in for movie stars to perform dangerous stunts
his first job in Hollywood was as a double for Clark Gable
- someone who closely resembles a famous person (especially an actor) (syn: image)
he could be Gingrich's double
- a quantity that is twice as great as another
36 is the double of 18
- raising the stakes in a card game by a factor of 2 (syn: doubling)
I decided his double was a bluff


- increase twofold (syn: duplicate)
The population doubled within 50 years
- hit a two-base hit
- bend over or curl up, usually with laughter or pain (syn: double up)
He doubled and vomited violently
- do double duty; serve two purposes or have two functions
She doubles as his wife and secretary
- bridge: make a demand for (a card or suit)
- make or do or perform again (syn: duplicate, reduplicate, repeat, replicate)


- having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities (syn: dual, three-fold, threefold, treble, two-fold, twofold)
a double (or dual) role for an actor
every episode has its double and treble meaning
- consisting of or involving two parts or components usually in pairs (syn: dual, duple)
an egg with a double yolk
a double (binary) star
double doors
duple (or double) time consists of two (or a multiple of two) beats to a measure
- twice as great or many (syn: doubled, two-fold, twofold)
ate a double portion
the dose is doubled
- large enough for two
a double bed
a double room
- having two meanings with intent to deceive (syn: forked)
a sly double meaning


- downward and forward
he was bent double with pain
- two together
some people sleep better double
- to double the degree (syn: doubly, twice)
his eyes were double bright

Extra examples

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.

We all doubled over laughing.

He doubled up in pain.

...raced to his side double quick...

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.

The workers receive double pay for working on Sundays.

The house has double windows in the dining room.

Phrasal verbs

double back  — retrace one's course
double up  — bend over or curl up, usually with laughter or pain

Word forms

I/you/we/they: double
he/she/it: doubles
present participle: doubling
past tense: doubled
past participle: doubled
singular: double
plural: doubles
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