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Examples of oftentimes in a Sentence
Oftentimes, he is the only man in the aerobics class.
children oftentimes don't realize how quickly time passes
Recent Examples of oftentimes from the Web
And though oftentimes larger training sets are better for AI, the complexity of so many of these words complicated the training process, Hill reports.
Oftentimes frivolous claims like this are made in the hope that the defendant would settle and pay out money.
Oftentimes, total eclipses occur over oceans or remote areas.
Two days later, she was pronounced brain dead and diagnosed with urea cycle disorder, a rare genetic condition that can be treated with diet and medication, but oftentimes goes undiagnosed, allowing ammonia to build up in the bloodstream.
St. Paul, Minn., has an oftentimes prickly rapport with Minneapolis.
Oftentimes, Camden would work beyond the 15-minute requirement.
Oftentimes our favorite items at a specific restaurant don’t end up on the Miami Spice menu.
But those messages have largely been overtaken by other news, oftentimes generated by the President himself.
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Did You Know?
Despite its archaic, literary ring, oftentimes is quite alive today. In fact, it seems to be more popular even now than it was thirty years or so ago, appearing frequently both in written expressions and in quoted speech. Oftentimes was first used in the 14th century (the same century that gave us often), and its meaning hasn't changed - as meanings oftentimes will - in all that time. It was formed as an extension of its slightly older synonym ofttimes. Today ofttimes is less common, but oft (which comes from Old English and also means "often" or "frequently") is popular in combination with past participles, as in oft-praised.
First Known Use of oftentimes
Synonymsagain and again, constantly, continually, frequently, hourly, much, oft, often (or ofttimes), over and over, repeatedly
Antonymsinfrequently, little, rarely, seldom
Related Wordsalways, consistently, continuingly, continuously, night and day, perpetually, unceasingly, uninterruptedly; afresh, again, anew; commonly, habitually, ordinarily, regularly, routinely; intermittently, periodically, recurrently; generally, usually
Near Antonymsnow, now and then, occasionally, sometimes, sporadically; ne'er, never; once
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