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

Example Sentences

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. See More
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Word History


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

First Known Use

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Twice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twice. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


: two times
use it twice
twice as large

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