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  1. five times as great or as much.
  2. comprising five parts or members.
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  1. in fivefold measure.
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Origin of fivefold

before 1000; Middle English fiffold, Old English fīffeald. See five, -fold
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Examples from the Web for fivefold

Historical Examples

  • Its members are pledged to the keeping of a fivefold obligation.

    Almost A Man

    Mary Wood-Allen

  • His son entered the anteroom in the middle of a fivefold silence.

  • Luke: The first increased his tenfold, the second fivefold (16, 18).

    The Christ

    John Eleazer Remsburg

  • It is computed that its size was fivefold that of the ostrich.

    The Bird

    Jules Michelet

  • It is Lear's fivefold "never" that completes for us the loveliness of Cordelia.


    Ashley H. Thorndike

British Dictionary definitions for fivefold


  1. equal to or having five times as many or as much
  2. composed of five parts
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  1. by or up to five times as many or as much
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Word Origin and History for fivefold


Old English fiffeald; see five + -fold.

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