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[adjective ten-fohld; adverb ten-fohld]
  1. comprising ten parts or members.
  2. ten times as great or as much.
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  1. in tenfold measure: good deeds rewarded tenfold.
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Origin of tenfold

1150–1200; Middle English; Old English tienfeald. See ten, -fold
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Historical Examples of ten-fold

  • It is the doctrine of Malthus applied in most cases with ten-fold force.

    The Foundations of the Origin of Species

    Charles Darwin

  • He then seized it himself, and applied it with ten-fold greater force than I had.

    Twelve Years a Slave

    Solomon Northup

  • A ten-fold sigh was heaved; and Juffrouw Pieterse was again triumphant.

  • It is at such times that the minutes seem to have ten-fold their real length.

    The Great Cattle Trail

    Edward S. Ellis

  • If man has reason, it is only to make him ten-fold more a beast.

British Dictionary definitions for ten-fold


  1. equal to or having 10 times as many or as mucha tenfold increase in population
  2. composed of 10 parts
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  1. by or up to 10 times as many or as muchthe population increased tenfold
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Word Origin and History for ten-fold


Old English tienfeald; see ten + -fold.

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