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adverb American English pronunciation: often /ˈɔf(ə)n/
  1. 1
    on many occasions, or in many situations

    Often, students with family problems have difficulties at school.

    Boredom often leads to bad behavior.

    The home is often the most likely place in which someone is injured.

    fairly/quite often:

    I've found that it's quite often impossible to park near the mall entrance.

    often enough (=on enough occasions to achieve a particular result):

    I've already told you not to argue often enough.

    very often:

    Very often it turns out that the student hasn't understood the question.

  2. 2
    used for talking about how many times something happens in a particular period of time

    I've been swimming twice as often as I did last year.

    how often?:

    How often do you eat meat?

    fairly/quite often:

    I work out fairly often.

    very often:

    He's been late for school very often this term.


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