['ɒf(tə)n] or ['ɔf(tə)n]
(adv.) in many cases or instances.
Typed by Clarissa--From WordNet
(adv.) Frequently; many times; not seldom.
(a.) Frequent; common; repeated.
Synonyms and Synonymous
ad. Frequently, repeatedly, not seldom, many times, not rarely.
Synonyms and Antonyms
adv. frequently: many times.—adj. Oft′en (B.) frequent.—n. Oft′enness frequency.—advs. Oft′times Oft′entimes many times: frequently.
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- The talk was very often political or sociological, and interesting, curiously anarchistic. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
- The tribe was a big family; the nation a group of tribal families; a household often contained hundreds of people. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- Often, indeed, when pressed by Hortense to come, she would refuse, because Robert did not second, or but slightly seconded the request. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- Very often, Miss. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- Do you often go to see him-- Shave? Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities.
- Papa often lets me open the letter-bag and give him out the contents. Charlotte Bronte. Villette.
- Hence she hated Sundays when all was at rest, and often said they would be the death of her. Thomas Hardy. The Return of the Native.
- Often and often, she said. Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- The exquisite pain and suffering endured previous to the use of anaesthetics often caused death by exhaustion. William Henry Doolittle. Inventions in the Century.
- You have been going often yourself, then, lately? George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- Fulbert was told of it--told often--but refused to believe it. Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad.
- The table stood in the same place, close by the bedside, and on it, in its real proportions and appearance, was the shape so often repeated. Charles Dickens. Hard Times.
- They would often spring, and bound, and leap, with prodigious agility. Jonathan Swift. Gulliver's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.
- The result would often be greatly retarded by free intercrossing. Charles Darwin. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
- Clara, though she endeavoured to give herself up to his amusement, often forgot him, as she turned to observe Adrian and me. Mary Shelley. The Last Man.
- But all was not well, and, as has happened so often before, the politics of father and son were violently different. Frank Lewis Dyer. Edison, His Life and Inventions.
- It _is_ wonderful, replied Wickham, for almost all his actions may be traced to pride; and pride had often been his best friend. Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice.
- So, the Spider, doggedly watching Estella, outwatched many brighter insects, and would often uncoil himself and drop at the right nick of time. Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.
- Brummell often dined with him, and therefore I take it for granted that Tom Raikes lent Brummell money. Harriette Wilson. The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson.
- Number Three, Four, Five, often. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- Her judgments ought to be correct when they come, for they are often as tardy of delivery as a Lord Chancellor's. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- And this lawful use of them seems likely to be often needed in the regulations of marriages and births. Plato. The Republic.
- We were growing accustomed to encomiums on wonders that too often proved no wonders at all. Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad.
- It must seem very strange to any one but me, and does even to me: I often feel the old sad pity for--I need not write the word--for him. Charles Dickens. Little Dorrit.
- Bell has often spoken to me about it. Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. North and South.
- For a year or more I had endeavoured to find a satisfactory answer to her often-repeated question, 'What I would like to be? Charles Dickens. David Copperfield.
- Edison has always had an amused admiration for Bergmann, and his social side is often made evident by his love of telling stories about those days of struggle. Frank Lewis Dyer. Edison, His Life and Inventions.
- They are often described as _flying_ reptiles, and pictures are drawn of Mesozoic scenery in which they are seen soaring and swooping about. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- Art cannot claim to be on a level with philosophy or religion, and may often corrupt them. Plato. The Republic.
- I'm unhappy, very often. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin.
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