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 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 The state has also announced onetime bonuses of $1,000 to preschool, K-12 and university teachers as well as state employees, using federal money. Jeff Amy, ajc, "House GOP resumes tax-cut push as Georgia finances rebound," 25 Feb. 2021 Developing economies are taking to digital purchasing and onetime stalwarts of the open market (like the U.K.) are becoming more closed. Lumin, Forbes, "In The Game Of Global Ecommerce, What’s The Score?," 24 Feb. 2021 The contest will be the first test of whether Virginia Republicans, who have not won a statewide race since 2009 and saw their losses mount during the Trump administration, can regain their footing in the onetime swing state. Washington Post, "What questions do you have about the Virginia governor's race?," 24 Feb. 2021 Merrick Garland, the onetime Supreme Court nominee who was snubbed by Republicans in 2016 and is now President Biden’s nominee to be the next attorney general, will get his Senate confirmation hearing today. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: The Merrick Garland model," 22 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 5 Mar. 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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