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OFTEN (adverb)
  The adverb OFTEN has 2 senses:

1. many times at short intervals
2. frequently or in great quantities

  Familiarity information: OFTEN used as an adverb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

OFTEN (adverb)

Sense 1often [BACK TO TOP]


Many times at short intervals


frequently; oft; often; oftentimes; ofttimes

Context example:

we often met over a cup of coffee


rarely (not often)

Sense 2often [BACK TO TOP]


Frequently or in great quantities


a great deal; often; much

Context examples:

I don't drink much / I don't travel much

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