Definitions for oftenˈɔ fən, ˈɒf ən; ˈɔf tən, ˈɒf-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

of•ten*ˈɔ fən, ˈɒf ən; ˈɔf tən, ˈɒf-(adv.)

  1. many times; frequently.

  2. in many cases.

  3. (adj.)Archaic. frequent.

    We usually have hot summers.

* Syn:

Origin of often:

1300–50; ME; var. (before vowels) of ofteoft

Princeton's WordNet

  1. frequently, often, oftentimes, oft, ofttimes(adverb)

    many times at short intervals

    "we often met over a cup of coffee"

  2. much, a great deal, often(adverb)

    frequently or in great quantities

    "I don't drink much"; "I don't travel much"

  3. often(adverb)

    in many cases or instances

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. often(adverb)ˈɔ fən, ˈɒf ən; ˈɔf tən, ˈɒf-

    frequently or many times

    I often read in bed.; How often do the boys see their grandparents?

  2. oftenˈɔ fən, ˈɒf ən; ˈɔf tən, ˈɒf-

    usually or commonly

    This medication often causes drowsiness.; marital problems that often lead to divorce


  1. often(Adverb)

    Frequently, many times.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'often' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #216

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'often' in Written Corpus Frequency: #505

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'often' in Adverbs Frequency: #38

Translations for often

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


many times

I often go to the theatre; I should see him more often.

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