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having been as specified at one time; former: my one-time partners.
occurring, done, or accomplished only once: his one-time try at elective office.

Origin of one-time

First recorded in 1880–85

Synonyms for one-time

1. previous, earlier, past. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for one-time

former, past, prior, quondam

Examples from the Web for one-time

Contemporary Examples of one-time

Historical Examples of one-time

  • 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.


    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



(prenominal) at some time in the past; former


Caribbean informal at once
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