one·time | \ ˈwən-ˈtīm \

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

erstwhile, formerly, once

Antonyms: Adjective

frequent, periodic, periodical, recurrent, recurring, regular, repeated, steady

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Examples of onetime in a Sentence


a onetime actor now turned singer with any luck, that was a onetime mistake


an athlete who onetime competed in marathons on a regular basis
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This onetime hilltop paradise is becoming for some a hell on earth. Anto Antony,, "Billionaire’s Folly Becomes Bankers’ Nightmare," 18 June 2018 In San Francisco’s Pacific Heights, a cool $12 million will buy you a national treasure of sorts: the onetime home of Nicolas Cage. Jack Flemming,, "Nicolas Cage's former Victorian home in San Francisco lists for $12 million," 7 June 2018 Park is the daughter of onetime dictator Park Chung-hee. Washington Post, "World Digest: April 6, 2018," 6 Apr. 2018 Her mother, Sandy – a former North Philadelphia ward leader and onetime wife of former State Rep. Ralph Acosta – also turned government witness and is expected to be sentenced later this month. Jeremy Roebuck,, "Philly politico Renee Tartaglione sentenced to nearly 7 years in prison," 12 July 2018 Some advocates were even told by the White House to prepare to tout Judge Hardiman’s working-class roots, including his onetime employment as a taxi driver. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "President Trump Chooses Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Vacancy," 10 July 2018 His onetime Democratic rival, Susan Bysiewicz, dropped out of the race and joined Lamont as his running mate. Christopher Keating,, "U.S. Rep. John Larson Endorses Democrat Ned Lamont for Governor," 2 July 2018 His onetime political mentor has also turned on him, posing a serious challenge to Najib., "Surviving the Game of Thrones That Is Malaysian Politics," 27 Apr. 2018 The Nobel winner and onetime president of South Africa died in 2013. 4. USA TODAY, "5 new books you won't want to miss this week, including Anne Tyler's 'Clock Dance'," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Four Americans were killed in the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, State Department official Sean Smith and security officers Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, both onetime Navy SEALs. Fox News, "Benghazi mastermind sentenced to 22 years in prison on federal terrorism charges," 27 June 2018 The book casts its spell in revealing the whys and wherefores of the killings, as investigated by Burke’s onetime high school classmate, Rob Barrett, a Boston FBI agent whom Burke likes nothing better than to humiliate. Lloyd Sachs,, "Crime fiction to heat up your summer reading list," 21 May 2018 The rape charge involves a woman who has not come forward publicly; the other is a onetime aspiring actress who was among his first accusers. Colleen Long,, "Harvey Weinstein charged with rape, posts $1m bond," 25 May 2018 Sarah Ratley, a Mercury 13 member and onetime Power Puff Derby race pilot who was working as an AT&T electrical engineer when she was recruited by Lovelace, had a similar perspective. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Meet the Trailblazing Female Astronauts from Netflix’s “Mercury 13” Documentary," 24 May 2018 McGrory, a longtime columnist and onetime metro editor, was named to the top post in December 2012. Mark Arsenault,, "Globe investigating allegation top editor sent inappropriate text," 24 May 2018 However, one notable celebrity—and onetime cochair of the event—was missing from the crowd: Taylor Swift. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "While Everyone Else Was Decked Out for the Met Gala, Taylor Swift Was Wearing Reformation in the Desert," 8 May 2018 The group includes former star women’s basketball player Andrea Constand, as well as onetime aspiring actresses, a bartender, a schoolteacher, and a reality TV staple. Maria Panaritis,, "In Cosby trial closings, a putrid attack on accusers is bad news for #metoo | Maria Panaritis," 24 Apr. 2018 Nate Eovaldi, a onetime up-and-comer who missed all of last season but is still only 28 years old, could pitch his way onto the radar in 2018. David Murphy,, "Weak 2019 baseball free agent class complicates Phillies' pitching outlook | David Murphy," 28 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of onetime

: having been someone or something specified in the past

: done or happening only once


one·time | \ ˈwən-ˌtīm \

Kids Definition of onetime

: former The onetime champ spoke to our group.

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to make amends

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