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