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adjective double pronunciation in British English /ˈdʌb(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    consisting of two things or parts of the same type

    He went through the double doors.

    Place the sausages on a double layer of kitchen paper.

    1. a.
      involving two things happening at the same time

      a double murder

      He had suffered a double tragedy, losing both parents within a short period.

    2. b.
      with two different uses or features

      The measures should achieve the double benefit of protecting the environment and reducing traffic.

      a double meaning (=two different meanings):

      She suspected his words might have a double meaning.

  2. 2
    containing or consisting of twice as much of something as normal

    a double whisky

    a double portion/helping:

    a double portion of chips

    1. a.
      lasting twice as long as normal

      Sometimes I would work a double shift, which was 16 hours.

  3. 3
    large enough for two people or things

    a double bed

    a double garage



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