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one-time

or one·time

[wuhn-tahym]
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adjective
  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.
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Origin of one-time

First recorded in 1880–85

Synonyms

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1. previous, earlier, past.
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Related Words

former, past, prior, quondam

Examples from the Web for one-time

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Historical Examples

  • Beyond this she was unwilling to go in criticizing her one-time friend.

  • In obedience to his gesture, they carried the one-time steward from the room.

    Millennium

    Everett B. Cole

  • She could hardly tell why the one-time keen interest in him was no longer with her.

    Sister Carrie

    Theodore Dreiser

  • Now "gyp" and sand do hide their one-time yearnin'; 'Twas theirs; 'tis past.

  • On every side were the vestiges of a one-time dense population.


British Dictionary definitions for one-time

one-time

adjective
  1. (prenominal) at some time in the past; former
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adverb
  1. Caribbean informal at once
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