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doubleadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈdʌb·əl/
twice the size, amount, price, etc., or consisting of two similar things together: The cost of going to the movies is almost double what it was a few years ago. Fold the blanket double (= so that it is in two layers) and then you won’t be cold.
A double bed is a bed for two people.
If you are seeing double, you are seeing two of everything.

doublenoun [C usually sing]

 us   /ˈdʌb·əl/
a person who looks the same as someone else: She is a double for Mary Tyler Moore.

doubleverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈdʌb·əl/
  • double verb [I/T] (TWICE)

to become twice as much or as many, or to make something twice as much or as many: [I] Company profits have doubled in the last year. [T] For four people, just double the recipe (= make twice as much).
If something or someone doubles as something or someone else, that person or thing has a second use or job: [I] The kitchen table doubles as my desk.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of double from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"double" in British English

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doubleadjective

uk   /ˈdʌb.əl/  us   /ˈdʌb.əl/
A2 twice the size, amount, price, etc., or consisting of two similar things together: I ordered a double espresso (= two standard amounts in one cup). Go through the double doors and turn left. The word "cool" has a double "o" in the middle. Everything he says has a double meaning (= has two possible meanings). This painkiller is double strength (= has twice the normal amount of medicine).UK Sabiha's phone number is double three, one, five, double seven (= 331577).
A double flower or plant is a flower with more than the usual number of petals: a double primrose

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doublenoun

uk   /ˈdʌb.əl/  us   /ˈdʌb.əl/

doubleverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈdʌb.əl/  us   /ˈdʌb.əl/
B2 to become twice as much or as many, or to make something twice as much or many: The government aims to double the number of students in higher education within 25 years. Company profits have doubled since the introduction of new technology.

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doublenoun, predeterminer

uk   /ˈdʌb.əl/  us   /ˈdʌb.əl/
B1 something that is twice the amount, size, strength, etc. of something else: I paid double (= twice as much) for those trousers last week. Electrical goods are almost double the price they were a few years ago. "Would you like another whisky?" "Yes. Make it a double (= two standard amounts in one glass)."

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doubleadverb

uk   /ˈdʌb.əl/  us   /ˈdʌb.əl/
in two parts or layers: Fold the blanket double (= so that it is in two layers) and then you won't be cold. They were bent double (= their heads and shoulders were bent forward and down) from decades of work in the fields.
see double
to have a problem with your eyes so that you see two of everything, usually because you are drunk or ill: I started seeing double, then I fainted.
(Definition of double from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"double" in Business English

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doubleverb

uk   us   /ˈdʌbl/
[I] to become twice as much or as many: Some share prices can double in 12 months.double in size/price/value He reckons the company can double in size over the next five years. Production more than doubled from 4 million to 8.5 million per year in three years.
[T] to make something twice as much or many: She is unlikely to accept, even though the offer would double her salary. Strong car sales more than doubled the company's profits in the first quarter.

doublenoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈdʌbl/
twice the amount, size, etc. of something else: pay/cost double He offered to pay them double to get the job done on time. The true figure is 30%, more than double the figure of 14% quoted. The group increased operating profit to $21.2 million, almost double its $11 million figure for last year. Unemployment in the region is double that of its neighbouring area.

doubleadjective

uk   us   /ˈdʌbl/
two times the size, amount, price, etc.: Taxis in the conference area were said to be charging double rates. Staff have been working double shifts, 16 hours at a time, throughout the Christmas period.
consisting of two similar things together: double digits/figures He warned that inflation could soon reach double digits. His extension number is 008, that's double zero eight.
(Definition of double from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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