Definition of “often” - English Dictionary

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oftenadverb

us /ˈɔ·fən, ˈɔf·tən/ us /ˈɑf·ən, ˈɑf·tən/

a lot or many times; frequently:

She was often late for class.
I don’t see my parents as often as I’d like to.

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We very often talk about solidarity between our generations here and now, and it is important that there be solidarity right now between the generations.
Elementary rights, such as the right to have contact with family members and legal counsel, are often granted only on a restricted basis or disregarded altogether.
The second issue concerns the democratic clause of the cooperation agreements, which could often be described as a clause in form only: a hollow shell.
To the politicians in the capital cities, these people are often treated as a marginal issue that takes place at the national fringes, away from the hub.
We know that its sources of funding are diverse and that this funding is often obtained under the guise of promoting respectable aims.
I believe it would be far more interesting to show imagination, rather than to keep trotting out old-fashioned ideas that we have heard all too often.
The organisations involved in the think-tank might find it difficult to apply for assistance from the fund and yet are often the most appropriate organisations to apply.
The participation of non-governmental organisations from our countries is often the determining factor in terms of our interventions achieving good results.
Overseas aid in particular involves support for many projects particularly targeting the - often dire - situation of women in poor countries and crisis-hit regions.
In actual fact, this clause, formally included in agreements with third countries, is often disregarded by those who should be enforcing it.