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Definitions for Often
ˈɔ fən, ˈɒf ən; ˈɔf tən, ˈɒf-of·ten

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. frequently, often, oftentimes, oft, ofttimesadverb

    many times at short intervals

    "we often met over a cup of coffee"

  2. much, a great deal, oftenadverb

    frequently or in great quantities

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

  3. oftenadverb

    in many cases or instances


  1. oftenadverb

    Frequently, many times.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Oftenadverb

    in the comparative, oftner; superlative, oftnest. Oft; frequently; many times; not seldom.

    Etymology: from oft , Saxon;

    The queen that bore thee,
    Oftner upon her knees than on her feet,
    Died ev’ry day she liv’d. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake, and thine often infirmities. 1 Tim. v. 23.

    In journeying often, in perils in the wilderness. 2 Cor. ii. 26.

    Who does not more admire Marcus Tullius Cicero as an author, than as a consul of Rome, and does not oftner talk of the celebrated writers of our own country in former ages, than of any among their contemporaries? Joseph Addison, Freeholder.


  1. Often

    Often is a song by Canadian singer The Weeknd. The track was released on July 31, 2014 as the first single from his second studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness (2015). The song reached number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 69 on the Canadian Hot 100. The song samples the song "Ben Sana Vurgunum" sung by the Turkish singer Nükhet Duru.


  1. often

    Often is an adverb that is used to indicate frequency or regularity. It means that something occurs or happens many times or frequently.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Often in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Often in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Often in a Sentence

  1. Craig Mitnick:

    Greed and ego are too often the downfall of mankind

  2. Johann von Goethe:

    No one would talk much in society, if he knew how often he misunderstood others.

  3. Fiona Hill:

    This other meeting... I was actually, to be honest, angry with him, i hate to say it, but often when women show anger, it's not fully appreciated. It's often, you know, pushed onto emotional issues perhaps, or deflected onto other people. And what I was angry about was that he wasn't coordinating with us.

  4. Spokeswoman Melanie Hinton:

    U.S. airlines are reinvesting on average $1.4 billion/month into the passenger experience offering plug-ins, Wi-Fi services and inflight entertainment on aircraft, adding bigger, newer planes to their fleets and quality culinary dishes often created by local chefs.

  5. Contract Maupin:

    I had no intention of shooting them, i can see how these situations occur. There is a level of fear that exists and the people who are often afraid are often the ones who are armed.

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