fre·​quent·​ly ˈfrē-kwənt-lē How to pronounce frequently (audio)
: at frequent or short intervals
the list is updated frequently

Example Sentences

our oddball uncle frequently lets himself into our house without knocking
Recent Examples on the Web Congress has the final say on D.C. laws and budgets thanks to a provision in the Constitution giving Congress authority over the District — authority Republicans have frequently and eagerly leveraged. Michael Brice-saddler, Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2023 Some states have been more frequently subject to statewide declarations, and in these cases USA TODAY’s analysis added a declaration for each county’s numbers. Kevin Crowe, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2023 In elections since the mid-2000s, there have been as many as 28 protest votes, and protest votes are now happening more frequently. Joe Murphy, NBC News, 6 Jan. 2023 The fish were captured both near the surface (notably smelt) and, more frequently, on the seafloor, lurking in patches of vegetation. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 1 Jan. 2023 Freight services continue, but less frequently and at slower speeds. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Dec. 2022 The spending package also extends the telehealth flexibilities that were introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic and led health care systems around the country to overhaul their approach to deliver care by smartphone or computer more frequently. Amanda Seitz, Chicago Tribune, 20 Dec. 2022 The royal twins have been joining their parents more frequently on official outings. Town & Country, 19 Dec. 2022 Chijiiwa: For example, females look at their owners more frequently and longer than males when facing unsolvable task. Karen Hopkin, Scientific American, 16 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


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First Known Use

1531, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of frequently was in 1531

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“Frequently.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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