\ˈtwīs \

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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On a day when players shot low scores because of a lack of wind, the course record was broken twice — by Connor Syme of Scotland (62) and then Hideto Tanihara of Japan (61)., "Robert Rock takes two-shot lead at Scottish Open," 14 July 2018 Like Zinedine Zidane, who scored twice in the 1998 final against Brazil wearing the No. John Leicester,, "Five reasons why France will win the World Cup final," 14 July 2018 Talbott Springs has been renovated twice in the past 18 years -- in 2000 and 2008. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "New snags in planning for a new, or remodeled, Columbia elementary school," 13 July 2018 That is one of the reasons why Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, who served as president from 1999 to 2007, thrice vetoed the Latvian parliament’s decision to open the archives, once in 2004 and twice in 2006. Gordon F. Sander, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why a nearly 30-year-old list of names is roiling modern Latvia," 12 July 2018 The Red Sox finished last twice in a row after their 2013 championship. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The State of the Royals, Part 1 of 2: How did they get here?," 12 July 2018 Tampa Bay lost its bid for a third shutout in four games when the Tigers scored twice in the ninth. Mark Didtler,, "Hot-hitting Wilson Ramos powers Rays past Tigers," 11 July 2018 Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee for Supreme Court Justice, visited Milwaukee twice in the past four years to give speeches to students at Marquette University Law School. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh spoke to law students at Marquette Law School," 10 July 2018 Game time tonight is 7 p.m. The ‘Birds scored twice in the first inning with two outs. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "IronBirds get sweep with 5-4 win at Brooklyn," 8 July 2018

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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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