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

one-off, one-shot

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

Enter a new application called PEDRO (pitching, evaluation, development, research, and optimization), a nod to Red Sox legend and onetime Bannister teammate Pedro Martínez. Ben Lindbergh And Travis Sawchik,, "How MLB Washout Brian Bannister Became the Red Sox' Pitching Guru," 7 June 2019 Now the onetime bullying victim is a second grader suffering panic attacks over global warming. Darren Franich,, "Big Little Lies season 2 is brilliantly acted and all over the place: EW review," 5 June 2019 In the most high-profile return yet, onetime presidential hopeful and former governor Moise Katumbi is expected to come home on Monday after he was blocked from entering the country last year. Saleh Mwanamilongo, The Seattle Times, "Congo political exiles return as new leader brings reforms," 18 May 2019 During their cat-and-mouse discussion, the former agent, speaking off the record, let slip the name of a onetime informant: Ernest Withers. Clifford Thompson, WSJ, "‘A Spy in Canaan’ and ‘Bluff City’ Review: Reporter and Informer," 22 Feb. 2019 The most vociferous attacks Rohrabacher has taken on Russia have surprisingly come from a member of his own party and a onetime protégé: Scott Baugh, the former Republican leader of the California State Assembly. Dan Merica And Zachary Cohen, CNN, "Even the race to replace 'Putin's favorite Congressman' unlikely to hinge on Russia," 3 June 2018 Before that, however, the boy was turned over at age 7 to St. Mary’s Industrial School for Orphaned, Delinquent, Incorrigible and Wayward Boys at the behest (and expense) of his father, a barkeep and onetime seller of lightning rods. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘The Big Fella’ Review: American Hit Parade," 5 Oct. 2018 Spotted by Bloomberg reporter Kim Bhasin and circulated by The Fashion Law’s Julie Zerbo and Refinery29’s Connie Wang was the mention of Miroslava Duma, the founder of Buro 24/7, founder and CEO of Future Tech Lab, and a onetime street style star. Vogue, "Onetime Street Style Star Mentioned in the Mueller Report," 18 Apr. 2019 Newman is a first-time candidate, an anti-bullying advocate and a onetime ad agency partner who got into the race after Bernie Sanders’ strong 2016 presidential primary showing in the district against Hillary Clinton. John Byrne,, "Democratic Rep. Lipinski gets early lead over challenger Newman," 21 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

It is held at Manial Palace Museum and Gardens, the magnificent former residence on Rhoda Island, completed in 1937, of Prince Mohammed Ali Tewfik, a onetime heir to Egypt’s throne. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019 But for the actress, fashion is more about the overall beauty and craftsmanship of the piece than just a onetime hit. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Gemma Chan’s Epic Golden Globes Started With Chocolate and Ended With Pizza," 7 Jan. 2019 It was named after onetime ownerJohn Dwight, the founder of the company that created Arm & Hammer baking soda. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Two Harlem Townhouses Ask One Record-Breaking $27 Million Price," 11 Jan. 2019 In the Place Where Prince Lived by Rebecca Bengal Photographer Alec Soth, Prince’s onetime next-door neighbor, takes writer Rebecca Bengal looking for the places Prince had called home. Vogue, "Our Favorite Longreads From 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Simpson is buried next to her husband, the Duke of Windsor—and onetime King Edward VIII—in the Royal Burial Ground at Frogmore House. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Wallis Simpson Is Buried on the Grounds of Frogmore House, the Place Meghan Markle Will Soon Call Home," 9 Dec. 2018 Chris Webber and onetime Celtic Nate Robinson do just fine. Mark Feeney,, "In ‘Uncle Drew,’ Kyrie dribbles, Kyrie shoots, Kyrie acts," 27 June 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce onetime (audio) \

Kids Definition of onetime

: former The onetime champ spoke to our group.

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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