Definition of twice in English:

twice

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Pronunciation: /twʌɪs
 
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adverb

  • 1Two times; on two occasions: the earl married twice the tablets should be taken twice a day
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    • He won twice at Darley Moor and on several occasions he has picked up the first novice award.
    • He sits down only twice, and takes very occasional sips from a single glass of water.
    • Arthur had also been telephoning Violet at least twice a week for over twelve months.
  • 1.1Double in degree or quantity: I’m twice your age an engine twice as big as the original
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    • If the average wage doubles, then we'll all have twice as much to spend on where we live.
    • We are now testing degrees of engagement at a time when we have twice as many people on the books.
    • She used to be an athlete and speaks twice as fast as I can write; she has a racing demon of a voice.

Phrases

be twice the man/woman (that someone is)

Be much better or stronger (than someone): how dare you criticize him, he’s twice the man that you are!
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  • You are going to grow up to be twice the man he is.
  • He knew he would always be twice the man his father was.

once bitten, twice shy

see bite.

think twice

see think.

Origin

late Old English twiges, from the base of two + -s3 (later respelled -ce to denote the unvoiced sound); compare with once.

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