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Often. Often used in combination: his oft-expressed philosophy; oft-repeated tales.
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short for often (archaic or poetic except in combinations such as oft-repeated and oft-recurring)
[Old English oft; related to Old High German ofto]
(in Britain) abbreviation for
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of•ten(ˈɔ fən, ˈɒf ən; ˈɔf tən, ˈɒf-)
1. many times; frequently.
2. in many cases.adj.
3. Archaic. frequent.
[1300–50; Middle English; variant (before vowels) of ofte oft]
syn: often, frequently, generally, usually refer to experiences that are habitual or customary. often and frequently are used interchangeably in most cases, but often implies numerous repetitions: We often go there; whereas frequently suggests repetition at comparatively short intervals: It happens frequently. generally emphasizes a broad or nearly universal quality: It is generally understood. He is generally liked. usually emphasizes time, and means in numerous instances: We usually have hot summers.
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