often

often
of|ten [ `ɔfn ] adverb ***
1. ) on many occasions or in many situations:
Often, students with family problems have difficulties at school.
Boredom often leads to bad behavior.
The home is often the most likely place in which someone is injured.
fairly/quite often: I've found that it's quite often impossible to park near the mall entrance.
often enough (=on enough occasions to achieve a particular result): I've already told you not to argue often enough.
very often: Very often it turns out that the student hasn't understood the question.
2. ) used for talking about how many times something happens in a particular period of time:
I've been swimming twice as often as I did last year.
how often?: How often do you eat meat?
fairly/quite often: I work out fairly often.
very often: He's been late for school very often this term.
all too often
used for saying that something makes you sad or upset because it happens more often than you think it should:
All too often, parents leave their children home alone.
every so often
sometimes, but not frequently:
She still calls me every so often.
more often than not or as often as not
on most occasions or in most situations:
More often than not, the arguments could have been avoided.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • often — often, frequently, oft, oftentimes may be used with little or no distinction to mean again and again in more or less close succession. But often stresses the number of times a thing occurs, without regard to the interval of recurrence; frequently …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Often — Of ten, a. Frequent; common; repeated. [R.] Thine often infirmities. 1 Tim. v. 23. [1913 Webster] And weary thee with often welcomes. Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • often — In current English this is more usually pronounced with the t silent. The comparative forms oftener and oftenest are permissible, although more often and most often are more commonly used …   Modern English usage

  • often — (also archaic or N. Amer. oftentimes) ► ADVERB (oftener, oftenest) 1) frequently. 2) in many instances. USAGE The comparative and superlative forms oftener and oftenest are not incorrect, but are rarely used now in British English, the more usual …   English terms dictionary

  • Often — Of ten ([o^]f n; 115), adv. [Compar. {Oftener} ([o^]f n*[ e]r); superl. {Oftenest}.] [Formerly also ofte, fr. oft. See {Oft}., adv.] Frequently; many times; not seldom. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • often — index chronic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • often — (adv.) c.1300, extended form of OFT (Cf. oft), originally before vowels and h , probably by influence of M.E. selden seldom. In common use from 16c., replacing oft …   Etymology dictionary

  • often — [adv] frequently again and again, a number of times, generally, many a time, much, oftentimes, ofttimes, over and over, recurrently, regularly, repeatedly, time after time, time and again, usually; concept 541 Ant. infrequently, rarely, seldom …   New thesaurus

  • often — [ôf′ən, äf′ən; ôf′tən, äf′tən] adv. [ME var. of OFT] many times; repeatedly; frequently adj. Archaic frequent …   English World dictionary

  • often — of|ten W1S1 [ˈɔfən, ˈɔftən US ˈo:f ] adv [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: oft] 1.) if something happens often, it happens regularly or many times = ↑frequently ▪ She often works at the weekend. ▪ If you wash your hair too often, it can get too dry. ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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