Oft



[awft, oft] /ɔft, ɒft/

adverb, Literary.
1.
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/ɒft/
adverb
1.
short for often (archaic or poetic except in combinations such as oft-repeated and oft-recurring)
abbreviation (in Britain)
1.
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adv.

Old English oft “often, frequently,” from Proto-Germanic *ofta- “frequently” (cf. Old Frisian ofta, Danish ofte, Old High German ofto, German oft, Old Norse opt, Gothic ufta “often”), of unknown origin. Archaic except in compounds (e.g. oft-told), and replaced by its derivative often.

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    [aw-fuh n-tahymz, of-uh n-; awf-tuh n, of-] /ˈɔ fənˌtaɪmz, ˈɒf ən-; ˈɔf tən, ˈɒf-/ adverb 1. . extended form of often, attested from early 15c.



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