one·​time | \ ˈwən-ˈtīm How to pronounce onetime (audio) \

Definition of onetime

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1 : former, sometime a onetime actor
2 : occurring only once : one-shot



Definition of onetime (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for onetime

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of onetime in a Sentence

Adjective a onetime actor now turned singer with any luck, that was a onetime mistake Adverb an athlete who onetime competed in marathons on a regular basis
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Compare this to the limited jail experience of onetime Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Cash Bail Was Never About Safety," 10 Jan. 2020 Now comes another chance for Cousins to conquer his onetime mentor. Ron Kroichick,, "49ers’ Shanahan long ago learned to believe in quarterback Kirk Cousins," 9 Jan. 2020 The same can’t be said for onetime Silicon Valley darlings Uber, Lyft, and WeWork. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "The top tech IPOs of 2019," 31 Dec. 2019 Trapped and trafficked: One town’s dark secret Michael Mearan, a onetime city councilman of Portsmouth, Ohio, has been a fixture of the small but troubled town along the Ohio River since the 1970s. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "The best long reads from 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 The Minnesota Department of Human Services has — for a second time — re-assigned its onetime inspector general who was at the center of controversy. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "MN Human Services reassigns former anti-fraud supervisor," 19 Dec. 2019 Those senses can be all the richer when, as sometimes happens, the museum is the artist’s birthplace or onetime home., "Here are seven examples of such museums, four in Massachusetts, one each in New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.," 11 Oct. 2019 Conservative radio talk show host and onetime Illinois U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh is mounting a challenge against President Donald Trump for the 2020 Republican nomination. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Who is Joe Walsh? Meet the controversial radio host and former Illinois congressman challenging Trump in 2020," 23 Aug. 2019 Washington — Rick Gates, the former Trump campaign official and onetime business partner of Paul Manafort, was sentenced to 45 days in jail on counts of conspiracy and lying to federal investigators. Clare Hymes, CBS News, "Rick Gates, ex-Trump official who aided Mueller probe, sentenced to 45 days in jail," 17 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The new season picks up as onetime happy housewife Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) is packing for her first major nationwide tour with manager Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein) and crooner Shy Baldwin (Leroy McClain). Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Season 3 set visit: We watched Midge drop baby news," 3 Dec. 2019 Indeed, the increase in crowds has pretty much wiped out the onetime less busy spring and fall seasons. Jay Jones, Los Angeles Times, "How did Zion National Park become more popular than Yosemite or Yellowstone?," 27 Sep. 2019 Its downtown Main Street is a modern mash-up — a onetime all-American hub whose great-grandfather storefronts with their big old-fashioned display windows peer warily at the encroaching, hip new spaces spawning countercultures. Andre Vergara,, "Four Hours: A kid-friendly guide to downtown Alhambra," 14 June 2019 Several high-profile witnesses were subpoenaed to appear before Congress in September to discuss potential obstruction acts, including Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and Rob Porter, a onetime White House aide. Nicholas Fandos,, "Democrats plan to broaden Trump impeachment inquiry to corruption accusations," 8 Sep. 2019 Several high-profile witnesses were subpoenaed to appear before Congress in September to discuss potential obstruction acts, including Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and Rob Porter, a onetime White House aide. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Democrats to Broaden Impeachment Inquiry Into Trump to Corruption Accusations," 8 Sep. 2019 The onetime all-star appeared in 72 games for the Celtics last year while averaging 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists. Los Angeles Times, "Celtics star Gordon Hayward lists offseason home in Rancho Santa Fe for $4.5 million," 30 July 2019 Other names that appear on the official invite include onetime LAUSD board president Marlene Canter, real estate developer Michael Dieden, James Frost, West L.A. Democratic Club president Cara Robin, and William Yi. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Kamala Harris Returning to L.A. for Fundraisers With Hollywood A-Listers," 16 July 2019 San Francisco neighborhoods like SoMa or streets like Polk, onetime gay linchpins in a city synonymous with sexuality, are more geared toward the influx of tech dollars. Brock Keeling, Curbed, "The rise and fall of Laguna Beach, a gay California hotspot," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of onetime


1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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13 Jan 2020

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“Onetime.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of onetime

: having been someone or something specified in the past
: done or happening only once


one·​time | \ ˈwən-ˌtīm How to pronounce onetime (audio) \

Kids Definition of onetime

: former The onetime champ spoke to our group.

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