Definition of twice in English:

twice

adverb

  • 1Two times; on two occasions.

    ‘the tablets should be taken twice a day’
    ‘she had been married twice’
    • ‘The bathroom towels would probably get changed twice a year, along with the clocks.’
    • ‘I was unlucky enough to have my car broken into twice and badly damaged over the same weekend.’
    • ‘Be sure to clean out and fill the bird bath with fresh water twice a week in hot weather.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Barrett had long been suspected of the murder and had been questioned about it at least twice.’
    • ‘He sits down only twice, and takes very occasional sips from a single glass of water.’
    • ‘He had twice had injections of local anaesthetic because it had become so painful.’
    • ‘He said he had confided that he was hearing voices, and had woken twice at night screaming.’
    • ‘Mr Fear, a tree surgeon, takes the children to work on the allotment at least twice a week.’
    • ‘The captain, who had twice refused to take off, eventually said he was going to fly.’
    • ‘Lili worked as a translator, married twice and has a daughter who lives in America.’
    • ‘He married twice, the second time to a Brazilian girl he met while filming in the country.’
    • ‘It took over six weeks and twice daily nursing care to heal the wound, but it did eventually heal.’
    • ‘To come back against Celtic twice speaks volumes about my team and their commitment.’
    • ‘Only twice in the space of the past two months have they emerged victorious by more than a single goal.’
    • ‘One of the students was punched and kicked to the ground and the other was stabbed twice in the chest.’
    • ‘Arthur had also been telephoning Violet at least twice a week for over twelve months.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Double in degree or quantity.
      ‘I'm twice your age’
      ‘an engine twice as big as the original’
      • ‘How could a company help twice as many people as it was paid for and still turn a profit?’
      • ‘The ceiling is covered in mirrors which reflects the light and makes the room seem twice as high.’
      • ‘Mahler sang his praises, and Puccini said he had twice as much talent as he needed.’
      • ‘We had twice as many fans there as them, so I think the support for the club will always be there.’
      • ‘It will always take twice as long as you think in terms of effort, time and cost.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Those who fail are almost twice as anxious and have faster heart rates than those who pass.’
      • ‘He can launch a tennis ball into orbit, throwing at least twice as far as any of the rest of us can manage.’
      • ‘Are five boring idiots in a house twice as boring, or only half as boring, as ten boring idiots?’
      • ‘If the average wage doubles, then we'll all have twice as much to spend on where we live.’
      • ‘People in the province are twice as likely to be victims of violent assault than in America.’
      • ‘Does this means that it's twice as safe to drive in areas with higher speed limits?’
      • ‘The figures also show that men are more than twice as likely to be registered as out of work as women.’
      • ‘We are now testing degrees of engagement at a time when we have twice as many people on the books.’
      • ‘Poorer women were twice as likely to be obese as those in the richest fifth of the population.’
      • ‘If last year's harvest was a disaster, this year's crop is going to be at least twice as bad.’
      • ‘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 the cars around York had twice as many people in them, at a stroke we could halve the traffic!’
      twice, twice over, twice the amount, doubly
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Phrases

  • once bitten, twice shy

    • proverb An unpleasant experience induces caution.

      • ‘Of course, once bitten, twice shy, and on top of that, he's got the whole male ego thing telling him not to take another risk.’
      • ‘I can only hope that as a nation, we remain once bitten, twice shy.’
      • ‘There will be an element of once bitten, twice shy with investors who will shy away from going back into equities.’
      • ‘I would never have believed the pictures had I not seen them, and once bitten, twice shy.’
      • ‘For him, however, it was not a case of once bitten, twice shy.’
      • ‘The Kerry champions, on their first visit to Croke Park as a club, played with the conservatism and nervousness of a team that had been here before, once bitten, twice shy.’
      • ‘But her resilient, pragmatic approach won over voters who could arguably have been once bitten, twice shy about returning any sort of Thatcher to victory.’
  • think twice

    • Consider a course of action carefully before embarking on it.

      • ‘Of course, once I thought twice about holiday math, I realized that 16.7 percent of all days occur during November and December.’
      • ‘I might have read these lines in any of hundreds of reports over the last decade or so, and the sad thing is that I wouldn't have thought twice about it.’
      • ‘Last year, many swimmers thought twice about entering the surf.’
      • ‘And should parents think twice before enrolling their children on scuba courses?’
      • ‘A few years ago in Atlanta, I wouldn't have thought twice about this scene.’
      • ‘One day, perhaps not too far away, recycling won't be thought twice about (it's already second nature in many European nations).’
      • ‘‘I don't know how people don't know what's right and what's wrong,’ he says, giving no suggestion that he thought twice about going to war.’
      • ‘I suspect a number of adults would have thought twice about doing what you did.’
      • ‘In my pocket, I'm picking at one corner of the envelope, thinking twice about giving it to him, even thinking twice about taking the thing out of my pocket.’
      • ‘Another study, by the Canadian Cancer Society, found 58% of smokers who saw photographic warnings on packets thought twice about the health costs of smoking.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

twice

/twīs//twaɪs/