- 1on one occasion or for one time only
- 2at some time in the past; formerly
Using once: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "once" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
I have only been to Paris once.
Once, I used to work as a teacher.
Once you learn how to ride a bike, you never forget.
I will only say this once.
once Synonyms and Antonyms
Phrases with once
Let's settle this matter once and for all.
I only eat fast food once in a blue moon.
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess who lived in a castle.
Origins of once
from Old English 'anes', meaning 'once, at once'
Summary: once in Brief
The adverb 'once' [wʌns] refers to something that happened on one occasion or for one time only, or something that happened in the past. It is often used in phrases like 'once and for all,' meaning finally and completely, and 'once in a blue moon,' meaning very rarely.