Definition of threefold in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈTHrēˌfōld/


1Three times as great or as numerous: a threefold increase in the number of stolen cars
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  • Given that the rate of multiple births has risen by 1000 in the past decade, with a threefold increase in triplets alone, any woman contemplating pregnancy may appreciate the existence of their national support network.
  • Most diabetes suffers are waiting 17 months to see a specialist and there has been a threefold increase in the number of patients referred to Beaumont Hospital, Dublin in the past seven years.
  • There will be a threefold increase in the number of cases booked from now till the year end, if we look at the number of cases booked till now.
1.1Having three parts or elements: the differences are threefold
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  • This is the traditional, threefold mystical way of purgation, illumination and union.
  • Firstly, there is a threefold apostolic testimony.
  • It is in relation to the threefold parental authorities that we can best understand Min's metamorphosis from a child-adult to a confused adolescent and then, unfortunately, to an unthinking adult-child.


By three times; to three times the number or amount: the aftershocks intensify threefold each time
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  • So even if we do go up threefold this year, we're only talking about 18,000 people.
  • In some areas of the world, rates of obesity have risen threefold or more since 1980.
  • Turnover during the same period rose threefold, from £20.3 million in 1999 to £60.8 million for the nine months to December 2000.

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Syllabification: three·fold

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