Meaning of “often” in the English Dictionary

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"often" in British English

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uk /ˈɒf.ən/ /ˈɒf.tən/ us /ˈɑːf.ən/ /ˈɑːf.tən/

A1 many times:

I often see him in the garden.
How often do you wash your hair?
I don't often drink beer.
It's not often that you meet someone who you're instantly attracted to.
I don't see my parents as often as I'd like to.
Christmas is often mild in this country.

More examples

  • I don't cook meat very often.
  • It's often quicker to travel across country and avoid the major roads altogether.
  • She wrote less and less often, and eventually she stopped altogether.
  • They had a passionate and often stormy relationship.
  • I often get hungry towards the middle of the morning.

(Definition of “often” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"often" in American English

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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.

(Definition of “often” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)