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[adjective twen-tee-fohld, twuhn-; adverb twen-tee-fohld, twuhn-] /adjective ˈtwɛn tiˌfoʊld, ˈtwʌn-; adverb ˈtwɛn tiˈfoʊld, ˈtwʌn-/
having twenty sections, aspects, divisions, kinds, etc.
being twenty times as large, great, many, etc.
twenty times in amount or degree.
Origin of twentyfold
First recorded in 1600-10; twenty + -fold Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The guards, both crimson and blue, formed a twenty-fold cordon.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • Accurate measurements have shown that the axis of a glacier may move ten- or twenty-fold more rapidly than its margins.

  • The effect produced by the Colony Garden, or public grounds, was such as twenty-fold to return the cost and labour bestowed on it.

    The Crater

    James Fenimore Cooper
  • The permanent population is about twenty thousand, swollen in summer often fifteen- or twenty-fold.

  • Town lots sold in a most remarkable manner, many valuable corners increasing in value ten and twenty-fold in a single night.

    My Native Land James Cox
  • At the time, its population was swollen ten or twenty-fold by the pilgrims attending the Passover.

  • The farmers put the average yield of rice at thirty-fold, and of other grain at twenty-fold.

  • A third attempt was made by a different method, upon the lineations of a finger print drawn on about a twenty-fold scale.

    Finger Prints Francis Galton

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