Definitions for oncewʌns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. at one time in the past; formerly:

    a once powerful nation.

  2. a single time:

    We eat out once a week.

  3. even a single time; at any time; ever:

    if the facts once become known.

  4. by a single step, degree, or grade:

    a cousin once removed.

  5. (n.)a single occasion; one time only:

    Once is enough.

  6. (conj.)if or when at any time; if ever.

  7. whenever; as soon as:

    Once you're finished, you can leave.

  8. (adj.)former; one-time:

    the once and future king.

Idioms for once:

  1. at once, at the same time; simultaneously. immediately; promptly.

    Category: Idiom

  2. once in a while,at intervals; occasionally.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of once:

bef. 1150; ME ones, OE ānes, orig. gen. of ānone

Princeton's WordNet

  1. once, one time, in one case(adverb)

    on one occasion

    "once I ran into her"

  2. once(adverb)

    as soon as

    "once we are home, we can rest"

  3. once, formerly, at one time, erstwhile, erst(adverb)

    at a previous time

    "at one time he loved her"; "her erstwhile writing"; "she was a dancer once";

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. once(adverb)ʌns

    one time

    I've only been there once.; once a day/week/month

  2. onceʌns

    at a time in the past

    We were happy here once.

  3. onceʌns

    at the same time

    Then several buses came all at once.

  4. onceʌns


    You must leave at once.

  5. onceʌns

    indicates sth does not usually happen

    It'd be nice if you could make dinner for once.

  6. onceʌns

    another time or as usual

    Once again it was me who had to clean up.

  7. onceʌns

    sometimes, but not often

    I drink beer every once in a while.

  8. once(conjunction)ʌns

    as soon as

    He'll feel happier once he's met everyone.


  1. once(Adverb)

    One and only one time.

    I have only once eaten pizza.

  2. once(Adverb)

    Formerly; during some period in the past.

  3. once(Adverb)

    multiplied by one: indicating that a number is multiplied by one

    once three is three.

  4. once(Conjunction)

    As soon as; when; after.

  5. Origin: From ones (genitive of on used adverbally), from anes, genitive of an. Compare enes, einest. More at one, -s.


  1. ONCE

    Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles is a Spanish foundation founded on December 13, 1938 to raise funds to provide services for the blind and people with serious visual impairment. Although it is overseen by a board of patrons made up of representatives from various Spanish ministries, it does enjoy a certain amount of freedom of movement in the day-to-day running of its activities, and its general council is democratically elected from among its members. In June 2006, membership of the organization was 66,851 people, of whom 40% were over the age of 65. Between them, the three pillars of the ONCE — the Directorate-General, the Foundation and CEOSA, ONCE's business corporation — employ over 40,000 blind, visually impaired or sighted staff, as well as people with other disabilities.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'once' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #510

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'once' in Written Corpus Frequency: #648

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'once' in Adverbs Frequency: #72

Anagrams of once

  1. cone

  2. econ

Translations for once

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a single time

He did it once; If I could see her once again I would be happy.

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