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[adjective ten-fohld; adverb ten-fohld] /adjective ˈtɛnˌfoʊld; adverb ˈtɛnˈfoʊld/
comprising ten parts or members.
ten times as great or as much.
in tenfold measure:
good deeds rewarded tenfold.
Origin of tenfold
1150-1200; Middle English; Old English tienfeald. See ten, -fold Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The extremity to which he found himself reduced, far from diminishing his courage, had increased it tenfold.

    The Bee Hunters Gustave Aimard
  • If Licorice hated Christians before, she hates them tenfold now.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • Every department of the public service appeared to be animated with a spirit of tenfold activity.

    The History of Napoleon Buonaparte John Gibson Lockhart
  • I expect it of you, when you have considered the tenfold mercy of nursing him with your own hands.

    The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau
  • But Hugh had tenfold more sea-cunning than I. Witta gave him charge of the rowers of the left side.

    Puck of Pook's Hill Rudyard Kipling
  • This of course increased the excitement and the difficulty in a tenfold degree.

  • Though the warrior's bread be scanty, do Thou work daily death and tenfold woe unto the enemy.

British Dictionary definitions for tenfold


equal to or having 10 times as many or as much: a tenfold increase in population
composed of 10 parts
by or up to 10 times as many or as much: the population increased tenfold
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Word Origin and History for tenfold

Old English tienfeald; see ten + -fold.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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