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EN[ˈɒfn̩] [ˈɒftən] [ɔːfən] [ˈɔfn̩] [ˈɔftən] [ˈɑfn̩] [ˈɑftən] [-ɒfən]
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    Definition of often in English Dictionary

  • AdverbCOMmore oftenCOMoftenerSUPmost oftenSUPoftenest
    1. Frequently, many times.
      1. According to this saga of intellectual-property misanthropy, these creatures [patent trolls] roam the business world, buying up patents and then using them to demand extravagant payouts from companies they accuse of infringing them. Often, their victims pay up rather than face the costs of a legal battle.
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    1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
      • The spine is the book's backbone. Because the spine is generally all you can see when a book is on the shelf, the spine displays the title and author of the book and is often ornately decorated.
      • It is often necessary to tole a big stag, to induce him to leave the hind ...
      • I don't really read French, but I can often guess enough to get the drift.
    2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
      • Often found in the phrase You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.
      • Often used with the studio is the egg-crate, which minimizes side spill and does make the beam a bit more controllable.
    3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
      • Her mother laid it on thick, telling her to call home more often.
      • At higher altitudes you need to breathe your horse more often.
  • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
    1. Adverbs
      • Time adverbs
        • Frequency adverbs
    Related Links:
    1. en oftentimes
    2. en oftener
    3. en oftenly
    4. en oftenest
    5. en oftentime
    Source: Wiktionary
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    Meaning of often for the defined word.

    Grammatically, this word "often" is an adverb, more specifically, a time adverb.
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