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[adjective too-fohld; adverb too-fohld]
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  1. having two elements or parts.
  2. twice as great or as much; double.
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  1. in twofold measure; doubly.
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Origin of twofold

Middle English word dating back to 1125–75; see origin at two, -fold
Related formstwo·fold·ness, noun


noun Theater.
  1. a unit of stage scenery consisting of two flats hinged together.
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  • The two together supply our guardians with their twofold nature.

  • There is a twofold difficulty in apprehending this aspect of the Platonic writings.

  • Joy is twofold when both share it, and only grief is less for being borne by two.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • Were I to be guided by thine advice a twofold purpose would be served.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • The method by which he got the allies to connive at his doings was twofold.



British Dictionary definitions for twofold


  1. equal to twice as many or twice as much; doublea twofold increase
  2. made of two parts; duala twofold reason
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  1. doubly
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Word Origin and History for twofold

Old English tweofeald; see two + -fold.

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