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parts of speech:
adjective, adverb, noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
on the double, double up, doubles plus one, doubles minus one
Word Combinations (adjective, noun, verb)
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: consisting of two times as much; having twice the amount or number.
They get double pay for overtime work.We made a double batch of rolls.They each got a double scoop of ice cream.
definition 2: suitable or intended for two. (Cf. single.)
There is a double bed in the guest bedroom.
definition 3: having two equal parts.
The double windows keep out the cold.
coupled, dual, duplicate, matched, paired, twin, twofold
similar words:
binary, binate, comparable, corresponding, duplex, equal, identical, similar
definition 4: allowing for more than one interpretation.
I don't want to hear double talk from you.Many of Shakespeare's lines have a double meaning.
ambiguous, deceitful, double-edged, duplicitous, equivocal
similar words:
double-dealing, double-tongued, two-faced, two-timing
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part of speech: adverb
definition: doubly; in two.
He was seeing double after that punch to the head.The nausea made him bend over double.
twice, twofold
part of speech: noun
definition 1: one identical, or nearly identical, to another.
The star's double will do the stunts for him in the movie.
counterpart, duplicate, look-alike, match, ringer, twin
similar words:
clone, copy, doppelgänger, facsimile, image, likeness, reflection, replica, resemblance, simulacrum, spitting image
definition 2: anything increased twofold in size, quantity, or the like.
Eight is the double of four.
definition 3: a room for two people, usu. in a hotel or dormitory. (Cf. single.)
The group made reservations for three doubles and two singles.
definition 4: in baseball, a two-base hit.
He made a double in the third inning.
two-base hit
definition 5: a reversal; backward turn.
The police car made a quick double and went after the speeding truck.
similar words:
turnaround, U-turn
definition 6: (pl., but used with a sing. verb) in tennis and other games, a match with two players on each side. (Cf. single.)
She and her partner easily defeated their competitors in doubles.There are four of us, so why don't we play doubles?
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phrase: on the double
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: doubles, doubling, doubled
definition 1: to make twice as much or twice as great.
I doubled the recipe.They doubled their efforts in order to finish the work on time.
definition 2: to bend or to fold (something) in two (often fol. by "over").
She doubled over the blanket just near the top.
bend, fold, turn
similar words:
crease, duplicate, plait, pleat
definition 3: to duplicate.
Another team of researchers hopes to double the earlier study.
duplicate, repeat, replicate
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to become twice as large.
The town's population doubled during the past ten years.
definition 2: to stand in for or replace something or someone.
Can you double for me at work next Tuesday?
fill in, sub, substitute
similar words:
alternate, pinch-hit
definition 3: to bend or fold (often fol. by "over").
The joke made them double over with laughter.
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definition 4: to reverse one's direction (usu. fol. by "back").
They realized it was getting too late to hike the rest of the way, so they doubled back.
backtrack, reverse
similar words:
retrace, return, turn
definition 5: in baseball, to hit the ball so as to reach second base safely.
I doubled, and the runner on third scored.
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phrase: double up
phrase: doubles plus one
phrase: doubles minus one
derivations: doubleness (n.), doubler (n.)