adverb of·ten \ˈ-fən, ÷ˈf-tən\

: many times : on many occasions

Full Definition of OFTEN

:  many times :  frequently

Examples of OFTEN

  1. They go out to dinner fairly often.
  2. How often do you call your mother?
  3. The condition often returns even after treatment with antibiotics.
  4. I often take a walk during my lunch break.
  5. He travels more often than I do.
  6. The disease is diagnosed most often in children.
  7. They seem to be getting into arguments more and more often.
  8. It's not often that I get to enjoy a day off.
  9. Water the plants often enough to keep the soil moist.

Origin of OFTEN

Middle English, alteration of oft
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with OFTEN

OFTEN Defined for Kids


adverb of·ten \ˈ-fən\

Definition of OFTEN for Kids

:  many times :  frequently <I think of him often.>


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