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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 As a group, voters in Pennsylvania counties where family income topped $50,000 were twice as likely to have their absentee ballot counted. USA Today, "More than 1 million people could lose their vote on Nov. 3. That’s the best-case scenario," 8 Oct. 2020 Polling has shown that Trump voters are nearly twice as likely to vote on Election Day than Democrats. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "'Staggering numbers': Early voting is breaking records in 2020, fueled by a big mail-ballot lead for Democrats," 6 Oct. 2020 And Catalyst, a nonprofit focused on helping companies better serve women, reported that women are twice as likely as men to be responsible for homeschooling. Stephanie M.h. Moore, The Conversation, "Women risk losing decades of workplace progress due to COVID-19 – here’s how companies can prevent that," 5 Oct. 2020 Meanwhile, Black women are nearly twice as likely as white men to have been laid off, furloughed or had their hours or pay reduced because of the pandemic, according to a study by the Economic Policy Institute. NBC News, "5 ways Black and Hispanic women can jumpstart their journey toward better mental health care," 5 Oct. 2020 One recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that adults who tested positive for COVID-19 were about twice as likely as others to have dined at a restaurant within the previous two weeks. Emily Brindley,, "Daily coronavirus updates: Lamont defends next phase of reopening as Connecticut’s COVID-19 numbers increase further," 5 Oct. 2020 In August, newly unemployed workers — out of work less than five weeks — were twice as likely to find jobs as those out of work more than six months. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Workers Face Permanent Job Losses as the Virus Persists," 3 Oct. 2020 Recent Centers for Disease Control data show that children younger than 10 are capable of transmitting COVID but specifies that teenagers have been twice as likely to contract the virus as elementary school age children. CBS News, "First presidential debate — fact checking Trump and Biden on mail ballots, the economy, COVID and more," 30 Sep. 2020 Black and Hispanic men and women are at an even higher risk of diabetes; Black adults are 60% more likely than white adults to receive a diabetes diagnosis, and twice as likely to die from the disease, according to the Office of Minority Health. Erica Sweeney, Good Housekeeping, "Why Am I Always Cold? 10 Reasons Why Experts Say You're Constantly Freezing," 30 Sep. 2020

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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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15 Oct 2020

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“Twice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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