[ dek-yoo-puh l ]
/ ˈdɛk yʊ pəl /


ten times as great; tenfold.


a tenfold quantity or multiple.

verb (used with object), dec·u·pled, dec·u·pling.

to make ten times as great.

Nearby words

  1. decubitus ulcer,
  2. deculturate,
  3. deculture,
  4. decuman,
  5. decumbent,
  6. decurion,
  7. decurrent,
  8. decurrently,
  9. decurved,
  10. decury

Origin of decuple

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin decuplus tenfold, equivalent to dec(em) ten + -uplus, as in quadruplus quadruple Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for decuple

  • The decuple indication of general heads arose rather from comparison of propositions and induction therefrom.

    Aristotle|George Grote
  • Therefore the whole uea, is the quintuple of the same ea: And the whole periphery is decuple unto it.

  • His decuple partition of Entia or Enunciata is founded entirely upon a logical principle.

    Aristotle|George Grote

British Dictionary definitions for decuple


/ (ˈdɛkjʊpəl) /


(tr) to increase by ten times


an amount ten times as large as a given reference


increasing tenfold

Word Origin for decuple

C15: from Old French, from Late Latin decuplus tenfold, from Latin decem ten

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Word Origin and History for decuple



1610s, from French décuple (late 15c.), from Latin decuplus "tenfold," from decem- "ten" (see ten) + -plus (see plus).

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