Definition of twice in English:

twice

adverb

  • 1Two times; on two occasions.

    ‘the earl married twice’
    ‘the tablets should be taken twice a day’
    • ‘He had twice had injections of local anaesthetic because it had become so painful.’
    • ‘Barrett had long been suspected of the murder and had been questioned about it at least twice.’
    • ‘The bathroom towels would probably get changed twice a year, along with the clocks.’
    • ‘He married twice, the second time to a Brazilian girl he met while filming in the country.’
    • ‘He said he had confided that he was hearing voices, and had woken twice at night screaming.’
    • ‘One of the students was punched and kicked to the ground and the other was stabbed twice in the chest.’
    • ‘Only twice in the space of the past two months have they emerged victorious by more than a single goal.’
    • ‘Lili worked as a translator, married twice and has a daughter who lives in America.’
    • ‘Two students who went to her aid were shot - one in the leg, the other twice in the stomach.’
    • ‘He won twice at Darley Moor and on several occasions he has picked up the first novice award.’
    • ‘The captain, who had twice refused to take off, eventually said he was going to fly.’
    • ‘One good thing about owning a boutique is that twice a year we get to go on buying sprees in London and Paris.’
    • ‘I wouldn't look twice at a young man who still lived at home in his early twenties.’
    • ‘To come back against Celtic twice speaks volumes about my team and their commitment.’
    • ‘I was unlucky enough to have my car broken into twice and badly damaged over the same weekend.’
    • ‘Mr Fear, a tree surgeon, takes the children to work on the allotment at least twice a week.’
    • ‘Be sure to clean out and fill the bird bath with fresh water twice a week in hot weather.’
    • ‘Arthur had also been telephoning Violet at least twice a week for over twelve months.’
    • ‘He sits down only twice, and takes very occasional sips from a single glass of water.’
    • ‘It took over six weeks and twice daily nursing care to heal the wound, but it did eventually heal.’
    1. 1.1 Double in degree or quantity.
      ‘I'm twice your age’
      ‘an engine twice as big as the original’
      • ‘She used to be an athlete and speaks twice as fast as I can write; she has a racing demon of a voice.’
      • ‘To do so would make the government's unemployment record look more than twice as bad.’
      • ‘If last year's harvest was a disaster, this year's crop is going to be at least twice as bad.’
      • ‘People in the province are twice as likely to be victims of violent assault than in America.’
      • ‘The ceiling is covered in mirrors which reflects the light and makes the room seem twice as high.’
      • ‘Those who fail are almost twice as anxious and have faster heart rates than those who pass.’
      • ‘If the cars around York had twice as many people in them, at a stroke we could halve the traffic!’
      • ‘We had twice as many fans there as them, so I think the support for the club will always be there.’
      • ‘We are now testing degrees of engagement at a time when we have twice as many people on the books.’
      • ‘Britain as a whole is consuming well over twice as much alcohol as it did 50 years ago.’
      • ‘Any time spent weeding this month will save twice as much time later in the season.’
      • ‘Does this means that it's twice as safe to drive in areas with higher speed limits?’
      • ‘Poorer women were twice as likely to be obese as those in the richest fifth of the population.’
      • ‘Mahler sang his praises, and Puccini said he had twice as much talent as he needed.’
      • ‘Are five boring idiots in a house twice as boring, or only half as boring, as ten boring idiots?’
      • ‘He can launch a tennis ball into orbit, throwing at least twice as far as any of the rest of us can manage.’
      • ‘How could a company help twice as many people as it was paid for and still turn a profit?’
      • ‘If the average wage doubles, then we'll all have twice as much to spend on where we live.’
      • ‘It will always take twice as long as you think in terms of effort, time and cost.’
      • ‘The figures also show that men are more than twice as likely to be registered as out of work as women.’
      twice, twice over, twice the amount, doubly
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Phrases

  • be twice the man/woman (that someone is)

    • Be much better or stronger (than someone)

      ‘how dare you criticize him, he's twice the man that you are!’
      • ‘He knew he would always be twice the man his father was.’
      • ‘You are going to grow up to be twice the man he is.’

Origin

Late Old English twiges, from the base of two + -s (later respelled -ce to denote the unvoiced sound); compare with once.

Pronunciation

twice

/twʌɪs/