\ ˈtwīs How to pronounce twice (audio) \

Definition of twice

1 : on two occasions twice absent
2 : two times : in doubled quantity or degree twice two is four twice as much

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Synonyms for twice


double, doubly, twofold

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Examples of twice in a Sentence

I only wore it twice. He has rehearsals twice a month. He twice lost to younger opponents. We visited them twice in 10 years. The dictionary has been twice updated since 1993. I've been there at least twice. He must be twice her age. The population is twice that of Canada. The new one costs about twice as much. He could earn twice his present salary at the new job.
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Salah himself became the Premier League's record goalscorer in a single season, the fastest ever Liverpool player to 50 goals, and won the golden boot twice in his first two campaigns., "Mohamed Salah: The Humble King Who Conquered Rome and Took Liverpool By Storm," 17 Sep. 2019 Orlando City bounced back not once but twice against the New England Revolution on Saturday, overcoming a 3-1 halftime deficit to earn a 3-3 draw at Exploria Stadium. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Three things we learned from Orlando City’s 3-3 draw with the New England Revolution," 17 Sep. 2019 The Aggies posted just three winning seasons during that period, winning as many as seven games only twice. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Scouting Report: Utah State at Aztecs," 16 Sep. 2019 Besides being two inches taller than the 6-foot-3 Darnold, the 38-year-old Manning is 16 years older than Darnold and has won the Super Bowl twice. Dave Caldwell, New York Times, "Bills’ Josh Allen Feels Right at Home in Win Over Giants," 15 Sep. 2019 Along with those four national titles, Daugherty coached 32 All-Americans, won national coach of the year twice and was the 1973 Walter Camp Football Foundation Man of the Year after his coaching days ended. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "On cusp of history, Mark Dantonio still thirsts for greatness at Michigan State," 14 Sep. 2019 Argentina has twice won the World Cup (1978 and 1986) and was runner-up in 1930, 1990 and 2014. Terrence Thomas,, "What to watch for when Argentina, Mexico collide," 9 Sep. 2019 Maryse Mizanin, 36, has twice won the WWE Divas Championship. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: WWE’s ‘The Miz’ pins down a massive mansion in Westlake Village," 31 Aug. 2019 Actress Valerie Harper won over the country twice: the first time with comedy and the second with courage. Hal Boedeker,, "Valerie Harper: ‘Rhoda’ star dead; she wowed with comedy, courage," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of twice

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for twice

Middle English twiges, twies, from Old English twiga; akin to Old English twi-

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The first known use of twice was in the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of twice

: two times : on two occasions
: doubled in amount or degree


\ ˈtwīs How to pronounce twice (audio) \

Kids Definition of twice

: two times He knocked at the door twice.

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to fake an opponent out of position

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