Definition of twofold in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtuːfəʊld/


1Twice as great or as numerous: a twofold increase in the risk
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  • The Alliance for Better Campaigns, which supports free ad time for candidates, blamed the broadcast industry for the twofold increase.
  • The deaths in Cianjur, according to him, represent a twofold increase from previous years and so the health ministry has declared it an extraordinary incidence.
  • In tact, a family history of alcoholism is one of the strongest predictors of alcoholism in women, with those having a first-degree relative with alcoholism at a twofold to fourfold increased risk of alcoholism.
1.1Having two parts or elements: the twofold demands of the business and motherhood
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  • Flint said the impact might be twofold, lower demand from the US brought about by the weaker dollar may result in a slow down in imports from sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The aim is twofold and according to senior commanders it can be realised: the toppling of the leader and the steady elimination of the terrorists.
  • The advantages of this direct approach are twofold and quintessentially Melbourne.


So as to double; to twice the number or amount: use increased more than twofold from 1979 to 1989
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  • In this respect, we have increased the minimum salary by 29 per cent, we have also increased the family allowance twofold, and taxes have been significantly reduced.
  • Visits to Amnesty's US website reportedly increased sixfold, donations threefold and the rate of new memberships twofold.
  • According to the Journal of Periodontology, high levels of stress and poor coping skills increase twofold the likelihood of development of periodontal disease.
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