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


Next Word in the Dictionary: oftennessPrevious Word in the Dictionary: oftAll Words Near: often
May 28, 2015
fictioneer Hear it
someone who writes fiction
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears