double ( doubles plural & 3rd person present) ( doubling present participle) ( doubled past tense & past participle )
1 adj You use double to indicate that something includes or is made of two things of the same kind.
...a pair of double doors into the room from the new entrance hall., ...a lone skier gliding along smooth double tracks.
2 adj You use double before a singular noun to refer to two things of the same type that occur together, or that are connected in some way.
...an extremely nasty double murder...
3 predet If something is doublethe amount or size of another thing, it is twice as large.
PREDET the n
(=twice) (Antonym: half)
The offer was to start a new research laboratory at double the salary he was then getting...
Double is also a pronoun., pron
If they think you're a tourist, they charge you double.
4 adj You use double to describe something which is twice the normal size or can hold twice the normal quantity of something.
...a double helping of ice cream., ...a large double garage...
5 adj A double room is a room intended for two people, usually a couple, to stay or live in.
usu ADJ n
...bed and breakfast for £180 for two people in a double room.
Double is also a noun., n-count
The Great Western Hotel costs around £60 a night for a double.
6 adj A double bed is a bed that is wide enough for two people to sleep in.
7 adj You use double to describe a drink that is twice the normal measure.
He was drinking his double whiskey too fast and scowling.
Double is also a noun., n-count
Give me a whisky, a double.
8 adj Double is used when you are spelling a word or telling someone a number to show that a letter or digit is repeated.
Ring four two double two double two if you'd like to speak to our financial adviser.
9 verb When something doubles or when you double it, it becomes twice as great in number, amount, or size.
The number of managers must double to 100 within 3 years... V
The program will double the amount of money available to help pay for child care. V n
10 n-count If you refer to someone as a person's double, you mean that they look exactly like them.
Your mother sees you as her double.
11 verb If a person or thing doublesas someone or something else, they have a second job or purpose as well as their main one.
Lots of homes in town double as businesses. V as n
Double up means the same as double., phrasal verb
The lids of the casserole dishes are designed to double up as baking dishes. V P as n
12 n-uncount In tennis or badminton, when people play doubles, two teams consisting of two players on each team play against each other on the same court.
13 If you are bent double, the top half of your body is bent downwards so that your head is close to your knees.
bent double phrase v-link PHR
Pickers are bent double, plucking each flower with lightning speed.
14 If you are seeing double, there is something wrong with your eyes, and you can see two images instead of one.
see double phrase V inflects
I was dizzy, seeing double.
in double figures
figure double back phrasal verb If you double back you go back in the direction that you came from.
We drove past it and had to double back. V P double up
1 phrasal verb If something doubles you up, or if you double up, you bend your body quickly or violently, for example because you are laughing a lot or because you are feeling a lot of pain.
...a savage blow in the crutch which doubled him up... V n P
They laugh so hard they double up with laughter. V P with/in n
Double over means the same as double up., phrasal verb
Everyone was doubled over in laughter. V-ed P