adverb (oftener, oftenest)
- That line returns to me often, usually at moments such as that on the boat last week.
- Those who traverse the earth's wild land often end up full of wonder and respect for it.
- We are told often how close to genius his work is, how unhappy he is, and how remorseful.
- We often report to Social Services if one of our clients is ill or in some difficulty.
- It is true that the issues are not technical as economic and social issues often are.
- It is often used to refer to a sort of social meeting in which it is pleasant to be together.
Middle English: extended form of oft, probably influenced by selden 'seldom'. Early examples appear to be northern English; the word became general in the 16th century.
When pronouncing often, some speakers sound the t, saying /ˈôftən/; for others, it is silent, as in soften, fasten, listen . Either pronunciation is acceptable, although /ˈôfən/ is more common.
as often as not
- Quite frequently or commonly: I had two homes really, because as often as not I was down at her houseMore example sentences
- And as often as not, these things really happened.
- Many of them vote for Republican legislation as often as not.
- Moreover, they cross over onto each other's turf as often as not.
more often than not
- Usually: food is scarce and more often than not they go hungryMore example sentences
- I have to say, he was usually the instigator, and, more often than not, the victor.
- He's quick, strong and skillful and, given the chance, he's likely to hit the target more often than not.
- The features were all made in part for propaganda purposes but failed more often than not to carry out those objectives.