Definition of twice in English:


Syllabification: twice
Pronunciation: /twīs


  • 1Two times; on two occasions: she had been 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.


once bitten, twice shy

see bite.

think twice

see think.


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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