often

adverb
of·​ten | \ˈȯ-fən, nonstandard ˈȯf-tən \

Definition of often 

: many times : frequently are often puzzled and sometimes annoyed by the ways of other peoples— W. A. Parker

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Examples of often in a Sentence

They go out to dinner fairly often. How often do you call your mother? The condition often returns even after treatment with antibiotics. I often take a walk during my lunch break. He travels more often than I do. The disease is diagnosed most often in children. They seem to be getting into arguments more and more often. It's not often that I get to enjoy a day off. Water the plants often enough to keep the soil moist.
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The claims rest on the fact that talc, a clay mineral, is often found in deposits alongside asbestos ore, which definitely is a cancer risk. David Meyer, Fortune, "Does J&J's Baby Powder Cause Cancer? A Jury Just Said Yes With an Enormous $4.69 Billion Penalty," 13 July 2018 Since at least December, asylum seekers have often had to wait weeks for the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego to have room to process them. Kate Morrissey, Anchorage Daily News, "Illegal border crossings decrease for the first time in 2018," 7 July 2018 Popular in Mexico, an agua fresca is simply water blended with fruit, lime juice and often a bit of sugar. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Blueberry Honeydew Agua Fresca is a refreshing, light drink without too much sugar," 11 July 2018 By and large, the trails in and around the valley are smooth, flowing, tight, and often very, very steep. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "An Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Ketchum, Idaho," 11 July 2018 This can be seen in numerous ways, but often through poor recruitment both of players and managers. SI.com, "Why Aston Villa's Financial Situation Should Be a Warning for Other Promotion Chasing Clubs," 9 July 2018 For decades, the best and often only way to reach someone out of earshot was to call them on the phone. David Pierce, WSJ, "Phone Calls Are Dead. Voice Chat Is the Future.," 8 July 2018 With his pick to replace Kennedy, often the swing vote on the nine-person bench, Trump has the opportunity to dramatically alter the ideological make-up of the high court for a generation. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Think President Trump Is About to Remake the Federal Judiciary? To Some Degree, He Already Has," 8 July 2018 Every so often, particles within the corona get super heated and shoot out from the Sun in what’s known as solar wind. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The NASA spacecraft that will journey to the Sun just got its super deluxe heat shield," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of often

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for often

Middle English, alteration of oft

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The first known use of often was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for often

often

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of often

: many times : on many occasions

often

adverb
of·​ten | \ˈȯ-fən \

Kids Definition of often

: many times : frequently I think of him often.

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