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EN[ˈɒfn̩] [ˈɒftən] [ɔːfən] [ˈɔfn̩] [ˈɔftən] [ˈɑfn̩] [ˈɑftən] [-ɒfən]
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    Definition of often in English Dictionary

  • AdverbCOMmore oftenCOMoftenerSUPmost oftenSUPoftenest
    1. Frequently, many times.
      1. According to this saga of intellectual-property misanthropy, these creatures [patent trolls] roam the business world, buying up patents and then using them to demand extravagant payouts from companies they accuse of infringing them. Often, their victims pay up rather than face the costs of a legal battle.
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    1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
      • I often listen to the twitter of the birds in the park.
      • But it is also a collection of villages, a ruralized metropolis where people live by their wits and devices, cut off from the authorities, the law and often each other.
      • al-Qaeda often kills non-Muslim and non-Sunni civilians.
    2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
      • Often used with the studio is the egg-crate, which minimizes side spill and does make the beam a bit more controllable.
      • Often found in the phrase You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.
    3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
      • At higher altitudes you need to breathe your horse more often.
      • Her mother laid it on thick, telling her to call home more often.
  • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
    1. Adverbs
      • Time adverbs
        • Frequency adverbs
    Related Links:
    1. en oftentimes
    2. en oftener
    3. en oftenly
    4. en oftenest
    5. en oftenness
    Source: Wiktionary
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    Meaning of often for the defined word.

    Grammatically, this word "often" is an adverb, more specifically, a time adverb.
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