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often (adv.)

"repeatedly, again and again, many times, under many circumstances," mid-13c., an extended form of oft, in Middle English typically before vowels and h-, probably by influence of its opposite, seldom (Middle English selden). In common use from 16c., replacing oft. Related: Oftener; oftenest.

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Definitions of often from WordNet

often (adv.)
frequently or in great quantities;
Synonyms: much / a great deal
often (adv.)
in many cases or instances;
often (adv.)
many times at short intervals;
we often met over a cup of coffee
Synonyms: frequently / oftentimes / oft / ofttimes
From wordnet.princeton.edu