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Pronunciation: /ˈdʌbəl/

Translation of double in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (twice as much) [amount/portion] doble a double brandy/vodka un coñac/vodka doble she's double your age te dobla la edad it's double that es el doble de eso we get double pay on Sundays los domingos nos pagan el doble or nos dan paga doble a double dip (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar] dos bolas or un doble de helado
    Example sentences
    • They were served in generous quantity, almost double normal size.
    • The bunker is the size of a double garage with 3 fences around it, a microwave intruder alarm detection system and 32 armed policemen.
    • Opened flat, the double page size is 7 x 5.5 inches, quite large enough for an effective sketch should I want to get serious.
    1.2 (in pair) [consonant] doble my number is double three seven double four eight (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) mi número es tres tres siete, cuatro cuatro ocho it's spelled with a double 't' se escribe con dos tes a double negative [Linguistics/Lingüística] una doble negación double bend curva (feminine) en S ([ read as: curva en ese ]) a double six [Games/Juegos] un seis doble or un doble seis inflation reached double figures o digits la inflación alcanzó/rebasó el 10%
    Example sentences
    • I mean, who has three sets of double letters in their name?
    • People think there can't possibly be two lots of double letters in one word so they often drop one set.
    • Moreover, the double letter ‘a’ is atypical in the German language.
    1.3 (for two) [room] doble; [bed] de matrimonio, de dos plazas (Latin America/América Latina)
    Example sentences
    • I've got a caravan to myself with quite a bit of room - sofa, double bed, etc - a few yards from the main farm house.
    • Kane now sleeps on the living room sofa as Ikolo and her baby share the double bed in her room.
    • £235,000 buys you a 99-year lease on a small serviced room with a double bed, en-suite shower and all mod cons.
    1.4 (folded) doble to fold sth double doblar algo por la mitad he was bent double with the pain se retorcía del dolor
  • 2 2.1 (dual) doble a double purpose un doble propósito 2.2 (false) to lead a double life llevar una doble vida to play a double game hacer* un doble juego
    Example sentences
    • Reinforcing this effect are a series of terraces leading invitingly from formal and casual living areas through sets of double doors to the home paddock and bush beyond.
    • Because of the large double doors it lends itself to easy access for deliveries with ample parking to the front and side of the building.
    • There was a mesh grille behind the double doors, and I wondered if anyone else was there.


  • 1.1 (twice as much) [pay/earn/cost] el doble she spends double what she earns gasta el doble de lo que gana I pay double the rent I did last year pago el doble de alquiler que el año pasado double 7 is 14 el doble de 7 es 14 1.2 (two together) to see double ver* doble


  • 4 (two victories) [Sport/Deporte] the double el doblete
  • 5 (pace) at o on the double [Military/Militar] a paso ligero come here at the double! ¡ven aquí inmediatamente!

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (increase twofold) [earnings/profits] doblar, duplicar*; [efforts] redoblar I'd double the amount of sugar yo le pondría el doble de azúcar I'll double that offer yo ofrezco el doble 1.2 [Games/Juegos] [stake/call/bid] doblar
  • 2 (fold) [paper/cloth] doblar por la mitad; [fist] (American English/inglés norteamericano) cerrar*
  • 3 [Cinema/Cine] [Theater/Teatro] she doubles the parts of maid and princess interpreta dos papeles: el de criada y el de princesa
  • 4 (sail around) [headland/cape] doblar

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1 (increase twofold) [price/amount] duplicarse*, doblarse
  • 2 (have dual role) the table doubles as a desk la mesa también se usa como escritorio somebody doubled for him in the dangerous scenes alguien lo doblaba en las escenas peligrosas the clarinetist doubles on saxophone el clarinetista también toca el saxofón

Phrasal verbs

double back

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
[person/vehicle/animal] volver* sobre sus pasos the path doubled back on itself el camino doblaba sobre sí mismo

double over

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
[person] double up 1

double up

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
1.1 (bend, fold up) [person] doblarse en dos to double up with laughter morirse* or desternillarse de risa 1.2 (share) compartir la habitación ( or cama etc) 1.3 (redouble) (American English/inglés norteamericano) doblar

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