fre·quent·ly | \ˈfrē-kwənt-lē \

Definition of frequently 

: at frequent or short intervals the list is updated frequently

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Examples of frequently in a Sentence

our oddball uncle frequently lets himself into our house without knocking

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Dictators may impose order, but mounting unrest as often as not turns them out, frequently with disastrous results. James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 July 2018 Gaga has been frequently seen around New York City recording studios over the past few months, increasing speculation that her sixth studio album is on the way. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Lady Gaga Reunites With 'Born This Way' Era Artistic Directors & Photographers," 12 July 2018 That is why they were frequently seen with large bottles of water to keep the blood flowing. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Howard County family provides support for sickle cell disease patients," 11 July 2018 Long periods of easy money have frequently led to excessive risk-taking and large debt build-ups, ending with a bang when monetary conditions start to return to normal. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Is the Dollar to Blame for the Global Market Malaise?," 5 July 2018 My boyfriend explained that the pressure on the greatest players to maintain their reputations—the pressure, in moments, to make or break the whole game for themselves, their team, their fans, and their country—frequently led them to choke. Eve Fairbanks, The New Republic, "The World in a World Cup," 5 July 2018 Trump has made the conflation between evangelicalism and nationalism increasingly explicit: His top evangelical allies, like Pastor Robert Jeffress, frequently lead services that link American patriotism, support of Trump, and Christian worship. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Before Trump, churches were increasingly multiracial. What next?," 3 July 2018 Events frequently turn the walkable area into a jubilee, and entire days and evenings can be passed sampling craft cocktails, a bevy of microbrews and organic fare. Natasha Bourlin,, "Increasingly hip Midtown Reno has a glow that’s not from neon," 29 June 2018 When quizzed, British politicians have frequently invoked notions of new and emergent digital technologies, which will somehow permit business as usual in Brexit’s brave new world. Georgina Voss, The Atlantic, "Brexit Could Cripple Britain’s Ports," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of frequently

1531, in the meaning defined above

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a state of commotion or excitement

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