\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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Recent Examples on the Web

Universal vaccine: The holy grail if achievable: a vaccine needed just once or twice in a lifetime that would protect against all strains of the flu. WSJ, "New Ideas to Fight the Flu," 20 Nov. 2018 But she has been known to hit the snooze button once or twice. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Could You Be Best Friends With Hoda Kotb?," 4 Sep. 2018 While the whole planet is getting warmer and climate change is a concern all over, the Arctic has gotten hotter twice as fast, on average, as the rest of Earth in the past 100 years. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Arctic Wolf Spiders Are Getting Bigger and It Could Slow Part of Climate Change," 24 July 2018 Appeared twice, got gaslit by the left and acquiesced. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Actor Mark Duplass apologizes for pro-Ben Shapiro tweet amid slams from liberal fans," 19 July 2018 Late in a close game, Brayton gets to the rim twice, draws contact, doesn’t get the call, doesn’t score. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Damon Bailey's son Brayton thrives in dad's Indiana basketball shadow," 11 July 2018 Warnings about historic disasters are issued in anticipation of the sort of extreme conditions that occur just once or twice in 50 years, Kyodo News reported. Simon Denyer,, "At least 85 dead, many missing as ‘historic’ rains pound Japan," 8 July 2018 Those warnings are issued in anticipation of the sort of extreme conditions that occur just once or twice in 50 years, Kyodo News reported. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "More than 60 dead, many missing as ‘historic’ rains pound Japan," 7 July 2018 Think about it this way: for nine of the past 12 seasons, James has played in the Finals — the Boston Celtics got there twice; the Orlando Magic got there once. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "How good can Detroit Pistons be in the East post-LeBron James?," 3 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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