\ 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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More than twice as many riders use the city’s ferries in the summer and early fall than in the winter and early spring, according to city records. Alexander Cohn, WSJ, "Diehard New York City Ferry Riders Go With the Flow, Even in the Frigid Winter," 28 Feb. 2019 For scale, Jenner has 111 million Instagram followers - more than twice as many as Barack and Michelle Obama combined. Rachel Siegel,, "Kylie Jenner is on track to become the youngest self-made billionaire. Ever.," 14 July 2018 Womenswear perennial Marc Jacobs is on the list, as is menswear favorite Thom Browne, and Off-White’s Virgil Abloh made the cut not once, but twice, but all five of the emerging designer nominees are first-timers. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The 2019 CFDA Awards Nominees and Honorees Are Here!," 19 Mar. 2019 So, when Bundy delivered a curveball — a pitch that Bird had taken for a strike twice already in the game — the left-handed hitter was not fooled. New York Times, "A Yankees Blowout Rooted in a Single Impossible Decision," 11 July 2018 Prior to that, an 18-year-old Wayne Rooney had scored twice against Croatia as England won 4-2 in a group game at Euro 2004. Jamie Spencer, Pro Soccer USA, "World Cup preview Croatia vs England: Head to Head, Team News, Prediction & More," 11 July 2018 El Camino Real scored twice in the bottom of the first. Charles Rich,, "Burroughs baseball falls to No. 1 seed in VIBL quarterfinals," 10 July 2018 Rakitic owns the distinction of being the only player to have scored the decisive, match-clinching penalty kick twice at a World Cup (against Denmark and Russia). Bruce Jenkins,, "World Cup: France proves masterful in all phases," 10 July 2018 On average the credit card buyers bid more than twice as much as the cash buyers. Town & Country, "Is This the End of Cash?," 28 Jan. 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


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Kids Definition of twice

: two times He knocked at the door twice.

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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