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

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word often.

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. Justin Clark:

    They've really grown into the normalcy of a family unit, they all get along well! They have their normal sibling spats but they're not very often and not very big.

  2. Erin Short -LRB- left -RRB-:

    The Backstreet Boys bring me back to the time when I knew every word to every song, how often do you get to do this?

  3. Sara Nasserzadeh:

    I often arrange a phone call first with clients to make sure we are potentially a good fit, once you meet, pay attention to the therapist's communication style, the rational behind their questions and their general approach.

  4. W. B. Yeats:

    Let the minor genius go his light way and enjoy his life - the great nature cannot so live, he is never really in holiday mood, even though he often plucks flowers by the wayside and ties them into knots and garlands like little children and lays out on a sunny morning.

  5. Robert Byrne:

    Doing a thing well is often a waste of time.

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    a medicinal liquid that is rubbed into the skin to relieve muscular stiffness and pain
    A liniment
    B squint-eye
    C couvade
    D jocularity

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