Meaning of -FOLD in English


-fold /fəʊld $ foʊld/ AmE suffix

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: -feald ]

1 . [in adjectives] of a particular number of kinds:

The government’s role in health care is twofold: first, to provide the resources and, second, to make them work better for patients.

2 . [in adverbs] a particular number of times:

The value of the house has increased fourfold (=it is now worth four times as much as before) .

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