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)

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There’s an old piece of pipe from a local church organ; a chunk of the castle from The Enchanted Forest, a onetime storybook park for kids; and shards of china fished from the Patapsco River after one of the town’s floods. Mike Klingaman, Baltimore Sun, 29 June 2022 In the Republican race for attorney general, Kim got a last-minute endorsement Monday from his onetime boss, former GOP Gov. Jim Edgar, who represents the moderate wing of the party that has been losing ground to conservatives. Dan Petrella, Chicago Tribune, 28 June 2022 Punchbowl News was first to report late Monday that Cassidy Hutchinson, a onetime senior aide to Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows who testified previously on video, will testify publicly Tuesday. Editors, USA TODAY, 28 June 2022 Notable attendees included Dan Franzese, a Republican running for Congress in Florida, and Lynne Patton, a onetime assistant with the Trump Organization who later became a senior official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Zach Everson, Forbes, 28 June 2022 The onetime Road America driving instructor survived his own mistakes in a race delayed for and plagued by intermittent rain and then escaped with victory in a two-lap overtime shootout. Dave Kallmann, Journal Sentinel, 27 June 2022 His father, a sociologist and onetime college professor, was a federal official. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, 23 June 2022 Voters in the onetime Republican stronghold rejected his efforts to unseat the state’s GOP governor and secretary of state, both of whom rebuffed his extraordinary pressure to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Jill Colvin And Kim Chandler, Anchorage Daily News, 22 June 2022 When Juwon Park, a journalist with the Associated Press in Seoul and a onetime dancer for K-pop singer PSY, raised the question on Twitter, global ARMYs bombarded her with virulent responses. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, 21 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Darren Bailey beats onetime favorite Richard Irvin in the GOP primary in Illinois governor. ... Mark Murray, NBC News, 29 June 2022 In the first round of voting on Tuesday afternoon, Southern Baptists rejected a prominent mainstream candidate and onetime favorite for the presidency, Al Mohler Jr., who received 26 percent of some 14,000 votes. New York Times, 15 June 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 27 Sep. 2019 See More

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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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one thing is (for) sure


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2 Jul 2022

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“Onetime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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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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