once adverb - Definition in the Essential British English Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “once”

See all translations

once

adverb
 
/wʌns/
A2 one time: It only snowed once or twice this year. I go swimming once a week (= one time every week).
B1 in the past, but not now: This house once belonged to my grandfather.
at once B1 immediately: I knew at once that I would like it here.
at once at the same time: They all started talking at once.
once more B1 one more time: If you say that once more, I’m going to leave.
once upon a time B1 used at the beginning of a children’s story to mean that something happened a long time ago
once again B1 again: I’ll explain it once again.
for once used to mean that something is happening that does not usually happen: For once, I think I have good news for him.
(Definition of once adverb from the Cambridge Essential Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More Essential British English definitions for “once”

Definitions of “once” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

extra time

a period of time in a sports game in which play continues if neither team has won in the usual time allowed for the game

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Liz Walter,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More