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threefold

[three-fohld]
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adjective
  1. comprising three parts, members, or aspects; triple: a threefold program.
  2. three times as great or as much; treble: a threefold return on an investment.
adverb
  1. in threefold manner or measure; trebly.

Origin of threefold

before 1000; Middle English threfold, Old English thrīfeald. See three, -fold

three-fold

[three-fohld]
noun
  1. a unit of stage scenery consisting of three flats hinged together.
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threefold

adjective
  1. equal to or having three times as many or as much; triplea threefold decrease
  2. composed of three partsa threefold purpose
adverb
  1. by or up to three times as many or as much
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Word Origin and History for threefold

adj.

Old English þrifeald; see three + -fold.

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