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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [aw-fuh n, of-uh n; awf-tuh n, of-]
    • /ˈɔ fən, ˈɒf ən; ˈɔf tən, ˈɒf-/
    • /ˈɒfn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [aw-fuh n, of-uh n; awf-tuh n, of-]
    • /ˈɔ fən, ˈɒf ən; ˈɔf tən, ˈɒf-/

Definitions of often word

  • adverb often many times; frequently: He visits his parents as often as he can. 1
  • adverb often in many cases. 1
  • adjective often Archaic. frequent. 1
  • noun often Frequently; many times. 1
  • adverb often in many cases 1
  • adverb often If something often happens, it happens many times or much of the time. 0

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Origin of often

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
1300-50; Middle English oftin, variant before vowels of ofte oft

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Often


often popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for often

adverb often

  • frequently — often; many times; at short intervals.
  • repeatedly — done, made, or said again and again: repeated attempts.
  • habitually — of the nature of a habit; fixed by or resulting from habit: habitual courtesy.
  • regularly — at regular times or intervals.
  • a lot — lot (def 14).

adjective often

  • day by day — gradually or progressively; daily
  • continuously — uninterrupted in time; without cessation: continuous coughing during the concert.
  • circadian — of or relating to biological processes that occur regularly at about 24-hour intervals, even in the absence of periodicity in the environment
  • day-to-day — Day-to-day things or activities exist or happen every day as part of ordinary life.
  • daily — If something happens daily, it happens every day.

Antonyms for often

adverb often

  • seldom — on only a few occasions; rarely; infrequently; not often: We seldom see our old neighbors anymore.
  • infrequently — happening or occurring at long intervals or rarely: infrequent visits.
  • rarely — on rare occasions; infrequently; seldom: I'm rarely late for appointments.

adjective often

  • infrequent — happening or occurring at long intervals or rarely: infrequent visits.
  • few and far between — not many but more than one: Few artists live luxuriously.

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