Meaning of TWICE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ twaɪs ]

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


If something happens twice , there are two actions or events of the same kind.

He visited me twice that fall and called me on the telephone often...

Thoroughly brush teeth and gums twice daily...

ADV : ADV with v , ADV adv , ADV n


You use twice in expressions such as twice a day and twice a week to indicate that two events or actions of the same kind happen in each day or week.

I phoned twice a day, leaving messages with his wife...

ADV : ADV a n


If one thing is, for example, twice as big or old as another, the first thing is two times as big or old as the second. People sometimes say that one thing is twice as good or hard as another when they want to emphasize that the first thing is much better or harder than the second.

The figure of seventy-million pounds was twice as big as expected.

ADV : ADV as adj / adv

Twice is also a predeterminer.

Unemployment in Northern Ireland is twice the national average...



If you think twice about doing something, you consider it again and decide not to do it, or decide to do it differently.

She’d better shut her mouth and from now on think twice before saying stupid things.

PHRASE : V inflects


once or twice: see once

twice over: see over

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