or one·time

[ wuhn-tahym ]
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  1. having been as specified at one time; former: my one-time partners.

  2. occurring, done, or accomplished only once: his one-time try at elective office.

Origin of one-time

First recorded in 1880–85

Other words for one-time

Words Nearby one-time Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use one-time in a sentence

  • As Bill looked over his oft-appraised stock, it seemed to have lost much of its one-time charm.

    Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
  • The only sensible thing to do was just to stand there within the ruins of a one-time beautiful city and look about us.

  • This is the way the one-time cricketer and football champion viewed his first ball game.

    Heroes of To-Day | Mary R. Parkman
  • That is, he would do it if the police or the allies of his one-time friends did not locate him before Maggie came.

  • A whole city of merchants and agents were cloistered here in the five stories of this one-time ducal abode.

British Dictionary definitions for one-time


  1. (prenominal) at some time in the past; former

  1. Caribbean informal at once

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