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twofold

[adjective too-fohld; adverb too-fohld] /adjective ˈtuˌfoʊld; adverb ˈtuˈfoʊld/
adjective
1.
having two elements or parts.
2.
twice as great or as much; double.
adverb
3.
in twofold measure; doubly.
Origin of twofold
1125-1175
Middle English word dating back to 1125-75; See origin at two, -fold
Related forms
twofoldness, noun

two-fold

[too-fohld] /ˈtuˌfoʊld/
noun, Theater.
1.
a unit of stage scenery consisting of two flats hinged together.
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Examples from the Web for twofold
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  • The two together supply our guardians with their twofold nature.

    The Republic Plato
  • There is a twofold difficulty in apprehending this aspect of the Platonic writings.

    Phaedrus Plato
  • Joy is twofold when both share it, and only grief is less for being borne by two.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Were I to be guided by thine advice a twofold purpose would be served.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • The method by which he got the allies to connive at his doings was twofold.

    Hellenica Xenophon
British Dictionary definitions for twofold

twofold

/ˈtuːˌfəʊld/
adjective
1.
equal to twice as many or twice as much; double: a twofold increase
2.
made of two parts; dual: a twofold reason
adverb
3.
doubly
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Word Origin and History for twofold

Old English tweofeald; see two + -fold.

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