[adjective ten-fohld; adverb ten-fohld]


comprising ten parts or members.
ten times as great or as much.


in tenfold measure: good deeds rewarded tenfold.

Origin of tenfold

1150–1200; Middle English; Old English tienfeald. See ten, -fold
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Related Words for tenfold

decimal, decennial, decuple, denary, tenfold

Examples from the Web for tenfold

Contemporary Examples of tenfold

  • The risk jumps sevenfold for a first-time mother and tenfold in pregnancies over 41 weeks in duration.

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    The Home-Birth Rebellion

    Brandy Zadrozny

    February 7, 2014

  • Africa-China trade has multiplied more than tenfold in the last decade.

  • I expect she has an acute sense of tenfold repayment for any transgressions against her critical dominance.

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    Norman Mailer vs. Everyone

    Norman Mailer

    February 27, 2009

Historical Examples of tenfold

  • Instead of diminishing employment, the Jacquard loom increased it at least tenfold.


    Samuel Smiles

  • And indeed had his speed been tenfold greater than it was, it had been exerted to no purpose.


    William Godwin

  • More 's the pity, for it renders all that it aids of tenfold more worth.


    Charles James Lever

  • For if the summer be tenfold summer, then must the winter be tenfold winter.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • Thus from 1800 to 1860 Ohio increased in nearly tenfold the ratio of Kentucky.

British Dictionary definitions for tenfold



equal to or having 10 times as many or as mucha tenfold increase in population
composed of 10 parts


by or up to 10 times as many or as muchthe population increased tenfold
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Word Origin and History for tenfold

Old English tienfeald; see ten + -fold.

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