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Pronunciation: /wʌns/

Translation of once in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (one time, on one occasion) una vez she almost left me once una vez casi me deja once a week/month/year una vez por semana/mes/año, una vez a la semana/al mes/al año she only needs to be told once no hace falta repetírselo, solo hay que decírselo una vez once was enough con una vez me ( or le etc) alcanzó never once did I ask them for help ni una sola vez les pedí ayuda once seen, never forgotten una vez visto, no se olvida once a thief, always a thief quien roba una vez roba diez bite 1 1
    Example sentences
    • The defeat means Sweden have still only once been past the second round stage since 1974.
    • Instead of delivering twice a day, including in the morning, it now delivers once, at lunchtime.
    • More than once Walt has caught her talking to herself when in fact she was speaking to Fred.
    Example sentences
    • It was a strange and eerie feeling riding through the near deserted streets of this once great city that I had read and seen so many films about.
    • The field was once part of a terrace of the Whitton Dene manor house and it seems that the trouble began when it was filled in with material to even it out.
    • Think of someone who was once young and vital, now old, battered, semi-literate and living off the social.
    1.2 (formerly) a health care system which was once the pride of the nation un sistema de asistencia sanitaria que antes era or que en su día fue el orgullo de la nación, un sistema de asistencia sanitaria que supo ser el orgullo de la nación [literary/literario] once I wouldn't have said anything, but now … antes no habría dicho nada, pero ahora … he's not as good as he once was ya no es lo que era the once magnificent church la que fue or [literary/literario] la que otrora fuera una espléndida iglesia once upon a time there was a princess érase una vez or había una vez una princesa
  • 2 (in phrases/en locuciones) all at once (suddenly) de repente at once come here at once! ¡ven aquí inmediatamente or ahora mismo! don't all shout at once no griten todos al mismo tiempo or a la vez don't eat it all at once no te lo comas todo de una vez or [colloquial/familiar] de una sentada the book is at once funny and instructive el libro es divertido e instructivo a la vez for once por una vez once again o once more otra vez, una vez más once again, I'd like to thank you for coming quisiera agradecerles, otra vez or una vez más, que hayan venido do that once more and I'll tell your father! como vuelvas a hacer eso, se lo digo a tu padre once (and) for all de una vez por todas (every) once in a while de vez en cuando once or twice una o dos veces, un par de veces


  • una vez que; (with verb omitted) una vez once you get started, it's hard to stop una vez que empiezas, es difícil parar once inside the house, she felt safer una vez dentro de la casa, se sintió más segura once alone, he began to have doubts en cuanto se quedó solo, lo acometieron las dudas


  • the/this once una/esta vez I'm only going to say it the once solo lo voy a decir una vez I'll let you off this once por esta vez que pase

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