often adv

often adv
"It's half a score," Tom said often.

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  • often — (adv.) c.1300, extended form of OFT (Cf. oft), originally before vowels and h , probably by influence of M.E. selden seldom. In common use from 16c., replacing oft …   Etymology dictionary

  • often — [adv] frequently again and again, a number of times, generally, many a time, much, oftentimes, ofttimes, over and over, recurrently, regularly, repeatedly, time after time, time and again, usually; concept 541 Ant. infrequently, rarely, seldom …   New thesaurus

  • Often — Of ten ([o^]f n; 115), adv. [Compar. {Oftener} ([o^]f n*[ e]r); superl. {Oftenest}.] [Formerly also ofte, fr. oft. See {Oft}., adv.] Frequently; many times; not seldom. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • often — adv. Often is used with these adjectives: ↑fatal, ↑impractical Often is used with these verbs: ↑appear, ↑arise, ↑cite, ↑consist, ↑dream, ↑employ, ↑encounter, ↑entail, ↑e …   Collocations dictionary

  • often — [ôf′ən, äf′ən; ôf′tən, äf′tən] adv. [ME var. of OFT] many times; repeatedly; frequently adj. Archaic frequent …   English World dictionary

  • often — adv. (oftener, oftenest) 1 a frequently; many times. b at short intervals. 2 in many instances. Phrases and idioms: as often as not in roughly half the instances. Etymology: ME: extended f. OFT, prob. after selden = SELDOM …   Useful english dictionary

  • often — adv frequently, repeatedly, Poetic. oft; generally, usually, habitually, regularly, as a common thing, commonly, in many cases; periodically, ever and anon, now and again; time and again, time and time again, time after time, over and over, day… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • often — [[t]ɒ̱f(ə)n, AM ɔ͟ːf [/t]] ♦ (Often is usually used before the verb, but it may be used after the verb when it has a word like less or more before it, or when the clause is negative.) 1) ADV GRADED: ADV before v, ADV with cl/group If something… …   English dictionary

  • often — of|ten W1S1 [ˈɔfən, ˈɔftən US ˈo:f ] adv [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: oft] 1.) if something happens often, it happens regularly or many times = ↑frequently ▪ She often works at the weekend. ▪ If you wash your hair too often, it can get too dry. ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • often*/*/*/ — [ˈɒf(ə)n] adv 1) on many occasions or in many situations Boredom often leads to poor behaviour.[/ex] Very often the student can t understand the question.[/ex] It s quite often impossible to park in town.[/ex] 2) used for talking about how many… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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