TWICE, adv. [from two.] Two times. He twice essay'd to cast his son in gold. 1. Doubly; as twice the sum. He is twice as fortunate as his neighbor. 2. Twice is used in composition; as in twice-told, twice-born, twice-planted, twice-conquered.
adverbEtymology: Middle English twiges, twies, from Old English twiga; akin to Old English twi-Date: 12th century 1. on two occasions <twice absent> 2. two times ; in doubled quantity or degree <twice two is four> <twice as much>
Twice Twice, adv. [OE. twies (where the s is the adverbial ending; see -wards), twie, AS. twiges, twiwa; akin to twi- (in comp.) two, G. zwie-, OHG. zwi-, Icel. tv[=i]-, L. bi-, Gr. ?, Skr. dvi-, and E. two. See Two.] 1. Two times; once and again. He twice essayed to cast his son in gold. --Dryden. 2. Doubly; in twofold quantity or degree; as, twice the sum; he is twice as fortunate as his neighbor. Note: Twice is used in the formation of compounds, mostly self-explaining; as, twice-horn, twice-conquered, twice-planted, twice-told, and the like.
Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English. 1. 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 2. 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 3. 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...PREDET: PREDET the n 4. 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 5. once or twice: seeoncetwice over: seeover