Redouble

“While cramming for his final, he redoubled his efforts to stay awake by redoubling his ordering of double espressos.”

What is the best definition of redouble?

Check your answer!

Choice A - To repeat the same action
Choice B - To criss-cross the same terrain
Choice C - To make stronger or more intense
Choice D - To make another or to duplicate

Definition:

Redouble (verb) – to double something again; or, to make something greater: to strengthen, intensify, or make bigger

GRE pro tips:

You already know that when you double something, you increase its size or amount two-fold. And, given that the Latin prefix re- means “again” or “anew,” it makes sense that the verb redouble can literally mean to double again – or make it twice as big again, after it’s already been doubled. In modern usage, however, the term has evolved; it is typically used in a broader sense to mean increase or strengthen: in magnitude, extent, or intensity.

A company interested in retaining female staffers, for instance, might redouble – or step-up – its existing efforts to cut down on sexual harassment in the workplace. Likewise, a candidate in a tight race might redouble – or increase – his advertising efforts to reach more voters. And, if you want to do better on the GRE, you could redouble your efforts at studying vocab.

Example sentences:

“This string of burglaries will likely redouble the wariness of the community and baffle investigators for some time.”

“It was such a tight race that the candidates redoubled their advertising efforts to reach more prospective voters.”