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of·ten / ˈôf(t)ən; ˈäf-/ • adv. (of·ten·er, of·ten·est) frequently; many times: he often goes for long walks by himself how often do you have your hair cut? ∎  in many instances: vocabulary often reflects social standing.PHRASES: as often as not quite frequently or commonly: I had two homes really, because as often as not I was down at her house.more often than not usually: food is scarce and more often than not they go hungry.

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