• (RP) IPA: /ˈɒf(t)ən/, /ˈɔːf(t)ən/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɔf(t)ən/
  • (America, cot-caught, Canada) IPA: /ˈɑf(t)ən/



  1. Frequently, many times.
    • 1791, John Walker, A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary […] , London: Sold by G. G. J. and J. Robinſon, Paternoſter Row; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, OCLC 37805775 ↗, page 557, columns wrap}}] is often pronounced wrop, rhyming with top, even by ſpeakers much above the vulgar.:
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    I often walk to work when the weather is nice.
    I've been going to the movies more often since a new theatre opened near me.
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  1. (archaic) Frequent.
    • c. 1599, William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act IV, Scene 1,
      […] it is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and, indeed, the sundry contemplation of my travels; in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness.
    • 1618, Anthony Munday (translator), The Third Booke of Amadís de Gaula by Nicolas de Herberay des Essarts (1542), London, Chapter 2, p. 18,
      Then came the Ladies to visite him, and the Queene gaue him most gracious welcome, desiring him to be of good cheere: For heere is my Daughter (quoth she) right skilfull in the Art of Chirurgerie, that meanes to bee your often visitant.
    • 1656, John Bunyan, Solomon’s Temple Spiritualiz’d, London: George Larkin, 1688, Chapter 48, p. 113,
      The Shew-bread by an often remove, and renewing, was continually to stand before the Lord in his House […]

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