Once meaning

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A single occurrence; one time.

Once will have to do. You can go just this once.

noun
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As soon as; if ever; when.

Once he goes, we can clean up.

conjunction
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By one degree or grade.

A cousin once removed.

adverb
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At some time in the past; formerly.

A once famous man.

adverb
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As soon as; if ever; whenever.

Once he has made his point, he will be quiet.

conjunction
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As soon as; when; after.

We'll get a move on once we find the damn car keys!

Once you have obtained the elven bow, return to the troll bridge and trade it for the sleeping potion.

Once he is married, he will be able to claim the inheritance.

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At any time; ever.

Once known, his face is never forgotten.

adverb
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By one degree of relationship.

My first cousin once removed.

adverb
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Having been formerly; former.

The once capital of the nation.

adjective
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One time; one time only.

To eat once a day.

adverb
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At any time; at all; ever.

She'll succeed if once given a chance.

adverb
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Former; quondam.
adjective
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One time.

Go this once.

noun
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(frequency) One and only one time.

I have only once eaten pizza.

adverb
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(temporal location) Formerly; during some period in the past.

He was once the most handsome man around.

I once had a bicycle just like that one.

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(mathematics) Multiplied by one: indicating that a number is multiplied by one.

Once three is three.

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As soon as.
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Once means one time.

An example of once is doing something one day each week, once a week.

adverb
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Once is defined as whenever or as soon as.

An example of once is saying when your friend arrives you'll be leaving, you'll leave once your friend arrives.

conjunction
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One time only.

Once a day.

adverb
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At one time in the past; formerly.
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at once
  • All at one time; simultaneously:
    Everything happened at once. The view of the skyline is at once awesome, grand, and disappointing.
  • Immediately; instantly:
    Leave the room at once.
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once more
  • Another time; again:
    Could you repeat yourself once more?.
  • As usual; in typical fashion:
    Once more, you've proven yourself inept at chess.
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all at once
  • all at the same time
  • suddenly
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at once
  • immediately
  • at the same time
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for once
  • for at least one time
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once and again
  • occasionally
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once (and) for all
  • finally; decisively; conclusively
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once in a while
  • now and then; occasionally
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once or twice
  • not often; a few times
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once upon a time
  • in the past, esp. a long time ago
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Origin of once

  • Middle English ones from on one from Old English ān oi-no- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle English ones (genitive of on (“one") used adverbally), from Old English ānes (“of one"), genitive of ān (“one"). Compare Old Saxon Ä“nes (Dutch eens, “once"), Old High German einÄ“st (“once") (German einst). More at one, -s.

    From Wiktionary