\ 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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McCoy's story is the only one of its kind: a five-star recruit who has entered the NCAA transfer portal twice in six months, enrolling at USC in January only to leave for Texas 17 days later, then changing his mind again after spring practice. Laken Litman,, "The Bru McCoy Transfer Saga Is Uncharted Territory in the NCAA," 7 June 2019 Two women close to the shooter fell almost immediately, one struck in the back of the head, the other twice in the back. Washington Post, "He always hated women.," 7 June 2019 Two women close to the shooter fell almost immediately, one struck in the back of the head, the other twice in the back. Steve Hendrix, Anchorage Daily News, "He always hated women. Then he decided to kill them.," 7 June 2019 The investigation began after police were called to Hill's home twice in March and determined the child had been injured. CBS News, "Child abuse case against Kansas City Chiefs star Tyreek Hill no longer active," 7 June 2019 Over the previous three seasons, Flores saw New England lose to Miami twice in six games -- on Dec. 11, 2017, when Drake reached a career high with 193 yards from scrimmage and Dec. 9, 2018, when Drake pulled off the Miami Miracle. Mark Inabinett |,, "How do you stop Kenyan Drake? Brian Flores isn’t telling," 5 June 2019 The person began firing in his direction, hitting the victim in the right thigh, right foot, and twice in the upper back, police said. Deanese Williams-harris,, "Two seriously wounded in separate shootings on South,West sides," 5 June 2019 My older siblings call sporadically and make even less time to visit — some only twice in 12 years. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: They won’t take time out of their great lives to help me," 5 June 2019 Walmart has raised its minimum wage twice in the past few years from $7.25 to $9 and then to $11 an hour. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Walmart CEO asks Congress to raise minimum wage; Bernie Sanders pushes for more from nation's biggest employer," 5 June 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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