[dek-yoo-puh l]


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.

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

Related Words for decuple

decimal, decennial, decuple, denary, tenfold

Examples from the Web for decuple

Historical Examples of decuple

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


    George Grote

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


    George Grote

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

British Dictionary definitions for decuple



(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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