- ▪ I. double doub‧le 1 [ˈdʌbl] adjectivetwice as big, twice as much, or twice as many as usual, or twice as big, much, or many as something else:
• The number of men receiving professional degrees today is still nearly double that of women.[m0] ▪ II. double double 2 noun [countable, uncountable]something that is nearly twice the size, quantity, value, or strength of something else:
• 'What did they offer you?' `Ten thousand.' `I'll give you double.'[m0] ▪ III. double double 3 verb [intransitive, transitive]to become twice as much or as many, or to make something twice as big:
• The costs of providing medical insurance for employees has doubled in recent years.
• GE plans to more than double the size of its railcar leasing operation.
* * *Ⅰ.double UK US /ˈdʌbl/ verb► [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.Ⅱ.double UK US /ˈdʌbl/ noun [U]► 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.Ⅲ.double UK US /ˈdʌbl/ adjective► 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.
Financial and business terms. 2012.