Definition of often
- are often puzzled and sometimes annoyed by the ways of other peoples
- —W. A. Parker
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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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: many times : on many occasions
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