• enPR: wŭn(t)s, IPA: /wʌn(t)s/
  • (British) IPA: /wʌn(t)s/, /wɒn(t)s/
  • (America) IPA: /wʌn(t)s/

once (not comparable)

  1. (frequency) One and only one time.
    I have only once eaten pizza.
  2. (temporal location) Formerly; during some period in the past.
    He was once the most handsome man around.  I once had a bicycle just like that one.
    Wang notes that flowers have rooted and grow in the area once covered with ice.
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter II, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 752825175 ↗:
      Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill. Ikey the blacksmith had forged us a spearhead after a sketch from a picture of a Greek warrior; and a rake-handle served as a shaft.
  3. (mathematics) Multiplied by one: indicating that a number is multiplied by one.
    Once three is three.
  4. As soon as.
  5. (obsolete) At a future time.
    • Contemplations.
      The wisdom of God thought fit to acquaint David with that court which we shall once govern.
Synonyms Translations
  • German: einmal
  • Portuguese: uma vez
  • Russian: оди́н раз
Translations Conjunction
  1. As soon as; when; after.
    We'll get a move on once we find the damn car keys!
    Once you have obtained the elven bow, return to the troll bridge and trade it for the sleeping potion.
    Once he is married, he will be able to claim the inheritance.

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