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

Definition of onetime

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 The district, a onetime Republican stronghold that has grown increasingly diverse, flipped blue during the 2018 midterm election. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, "Rep. Mike Garcia faces another Democratic challenger — Simi Valley Council Member Ruth Luevanos," 5 Apr. 2021 Other than slow returns, elections in the onetime GOP stronghold have had few problems over the years, Zay said. Kelli Smith,, "In contentious election year, political parties recruiting thousands in Illinois to keep an eye on polling places Nov. 3," 23 Oct. 2020 Amidst the social and political turmoil of the 1970s, a handful of women—among them a onetime Barnard student, a Texas sorority sister, the daughter of a former communist journalist—joined and became leaders of the May 19th Communist Organization. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian Magazine, "In the 1980s, a Far-Left, Female-Led Domestic Terrorism Group Bombed the U.S. Capitol," 6 Jan. 2020 Starting in the mid-1980s, it was owned by lawyer and onetime state attorney general candidate Robert F. Coleman and his wife, Marcia. Bob Goldsborough,, "River Forest 5-bedroom mansion might be unfinished, but ‘extremely low’ inventory helped it sell for $1.79 million," 5 Mar. 2021 Tinordi, claimed from Nashville via waivers Saturday, is the 2021 version of Nick Holden, the onetime Ranger defenseman acquired by the Bruins near the February 2018 trade deadline. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "As Capitals arrive for a pair this week, Bruins look to work Jarred Tinordi into lineup," 1 Mar. 2021 One weeknight regular is Danny Wiseman, 53, a onetime bowling champion who won 12 PBA tournaments and is a member of two bowling halls of fame. Mike Klingaman,, "Cornhole in the Olympics? Not yet, but ‘America’s tailgate game’ remains popular in Harford County," 28 Feb. 2021 The network has been in third place at 7 p.m. for the past three months, both before and after the onetime anchor in the slot, Martha MacCallum, was booted to the 3 p.m. hour. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Fox News is still trying—and failing—to find a solution to its 7 p.m. problem," 26 Feb. 2021 Musk, the payments platform’s onetime CEO, pocketed $165 million. Dallas News, "Tesla could suffer if company has to run on autopilot," 26 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb There were, at onetime, plans for a triumphal midblock boulevard linking Rockefeller Center with MoMA, which may explain why MoMA is the only major museum that isn’t on a corner or facing a plaza. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Rockefeller Center’s Art Deco Marvel: A Virtual Tour," 15 Apr. 2020 Many may know about Edith Wharton’s onetime home in the Berkshires, The Mount, which is now a historic house museum. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "Edith Wharton’s Former Home in Newport, Rhode Island, Just Sold for $8.6 Million," 10 Apr. 2020 The program had a tribute to the noted radical feminist activist, philosophy professor and onetime fugitive Angela Davis, who was in the audience and who will give a talk as part of the festival on March 18. Los Angeles Times, "Review: L.A. Phil and Herbie Hancock open the risk-taking Power to the People! festival," 6 Mar. 2020 According to Jim Kehoe, Maryland’s onetime athletic director, Mr. Wootten had agreed to accept an offer if Lefty Driesell did not. Mark Asher, Washington Post, "Morgan Wootten, winningest high school basketball coach, dies at 88," 22 Jan. 2020 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

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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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“Onetime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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