Often meaning

ôfən, ŏfən, ôftən, ŏf-
Frequency:
The definition of often is many times or frequently.

An example of often is how many times someone has to change the diaper of a baby each day.

adverb
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Frequent.
adjective
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Many times; repeatedly; frequently.
adverb
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Many times; frequently.
adverb
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5

I often walk to work when the weather is nice.

I've been going to the movies more often since a new theatre opened near me.

adverb
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4
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Origin of often

  • Middle English alteration (probably influenced by selden seldom) of oft from Old English upo in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English oft, probably influenced by Middle English selden.

    From Wiktionary