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Webster 1913 Edition


Often

Of′ten

(ŏf′’n; 115)
,
adv.
[
Com
par.
Oftener
(ŏf′’n-ẽr)
;
sup
erl.
Oftenest
.]
[Formerly also
ofte
, fr.
oft
. See
Oft
.,
adv.
]
Frequently; many times; not seldom.

Of′ten

,
Adj.
Frequent; common; repeated.
[R.]
“Thine often infirmities.”
1 Tim. v. 23.
And weary thee with
often
welcomes.
Beau. & Fl.

Webster 1828 Edition


Often

OFTEN

,
adv.
of'n. comp. oftener; superl. oftenset. Frequently; many times; not seldom.

OFTEN

,
Adj.
of'n. Frequent. [Improper.]

Definition 2022


often

often

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often (comparative more often or oftener, superlative most often or oftenest)

  1. Frequently, many times.
    • 2013 June 8, Obama goes troll-hunting”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 55:
      According to this saga of intellectual-property misanthropy, these creatures [patent trolls] roam the business world, buying up patents and then using them to demand extravagant payouts from companies they accuse of infringing them. Often, their victims pay up rather than face the costs of a legal battle.
    I often walk to work when the weather is nice.
    I've been going to the movies more often since a new theatre opened near me.

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