\ 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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Marlon said his brother was shot seven times, twice in the face, but is expected to survive. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 14 Oct. 2021 An 18-year-old man was shot twice after a large group of young people gathered at a park for a fight Monday afternoon in Chula Vista, police said Tuesday. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Oct. 2021 The Packers racked up 466 total yards, ran for 133 yards and quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sacked twice. Rob Reischel, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 The 47-year-old was shot twice in the chest by DeeDee Moore, who befriended Shakespeare after his lottery win, according to ABC News. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 7 Oct. 2021 The others injured in the shooting included a 34-year-old man who was shot twice in the right leg, a 37-year-old man who was shot in the foot and a 30-year-old woman who was shot in the right side, police said. Olivia Mitchell, cleveland, 7 Oct. 2021 Kirk Cousins was battered in a loss to the Browns last week, when he was sacked twice and hit 10 times. New York Times, 7 Oct. 2021 The Dolphins had only two sacks after two games this season, but have grabbed five in the past two weeks, and sacked Carson Wentz twice in 34 dropbacks, increasing their percentage from a horrid 4.17% to 4.55% entering Week 5. Steve Svekis,, 3 Oct. 2021 The chase ended in a gun-battle and Davenport was shot twice. Carol Robinson |, al, 28 Sep. 2021

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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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twice-accented octave

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16 Oct 2021

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“Twice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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 I called twice.

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