once adverb Meaning in the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “once” - Learner’s Dictionary

once

adverb     /wʌns/
ONE TIME A2 one time: It's only snowed once or twice this year. I go swimming once a week (= one time every week).Rarely and infrequently
NOT NOW B1 in the past, but not now: This house once belonged to my grandfather.In the past
once again B1 again: Once again I'm left with all the washing up.Continually and repeatedly
all at once suddenly: All at once he stood up and walked out of the room.Not expected or planned
at once B1 immediately: I knew at once that I would like it here.Immediately at the same time: They all started talking at once.Simultaneous and consecutiveOrder and sequence
once in a while B2 sometimes but not often: He plays tennis once in a while.Rarely and infrequently
once and for all If you do something once and for all, you do it now so that it does not have to be dealt with again: Let's get to the bottom of this matter once and for all!Intensifying expressionsComplete and wholeVery and extreme
once more B1 one more time: If you say that once more, I'm going to leave.Continually and repeatedly
for once B2 used to mean that something is happening that does not usually happen: For once, I think I have good news for him.Unique and unusualGood, better and best in terms of quality
once upon a time B1 used at the beginning of a children's story to mean that something happened a long time ago →  See also once in a blue moon In the past
(Definition of once adverb from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

procession

a line of people who are all walking or travelling in the same direction, especially in a formal way as part of a religious ceremony or public celebration

Word of the Day

I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
by Kate Woodford,
February 10, 2016
On this blog, we like to look at words and phrases in the English language that learners often have difficulty with. Two phrases that can be confused are ‘used to do something’ and ‘be used to something/doing something’. People often use one phrase when they mean the other, or they use the wrong

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More