Meaning of TWICE in English


twice S2 W2 /twaɪs/ BrE AmE adverb , predeterminer

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: twiga ]

1 . two times:

He was questioned by police twice yesterday.

twice a day/week/year etc (=two times in the same day, week etc)

Letters were delivered twice a week only.

None of our dinner menus are exactly the same twice over.

2 . two times more, bigger, better etc than something else

twice as many/much (as something)

They employ 90 people, twice as many as last year.

twice as high/big/large etc (as something)

Interest rates are twice as high as those of our competitors.

twice the size/number/rate/amount etc

an area twice the size of Britain

⇨ once bitten, twice shy at ↑ once 1 (19), ⇨ once or twice at ↑ once 1 (12), ⇨ think twice at ↑ think 1 (8)

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▪ pair two things of the same type that you use together. Also used about two people who do something together or who you often see together:

a pair of shoes


a pair of socks


Winners will receive a pair of tickets for the show.


The pair were arrested six days after the killing.


They're a funny pair!


The British pair will be playing in the final on Saturday.

▪ a couple (of something) two things of the same type, or a very small number of things:

There were a couple of empty seats at the table.


Do you have any stamps? I just need a couple.

▪ couple noun [countable] two people who are married or having a sexual relationship:

a married couple


The couple met at university.

▪ twins noun [plural] two children who were born on the same day to the same mother:

The twins look very alike.


identical twins

▪ duo noun [countable] two people who perform together or who are often seen together:

a comedy duo

▪ duet noun [countable] a piece of music written for two people to play:

They played a duet by Brahms.

▪ twice two times adverb :

The group meets twice a week.


She sneezed twice.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.