Found 2 items, similar to At once.
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Definition: at once
adv 1: without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening; “he
; “found an answer straightaway”
“an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended
; “Come here now!”
, straight off
, right away
, in real time
, like a shot
2: simultaneously; “he took three cookies at a time”
[syn: at a time
, at one time
English → English
Definition: At once
(w[u^]ns), adv. [OE. ones, anes, an adverbial form
fr. one, on, an, one. See One-
1. For one time; by limitation to the number one; not twice
nor any number of times more than one.
Ye shall . . . go round about the city once. --Josh.
Trees that bear mast are fruitful but once in two
2. At some one period of time; -- used indefinitely.
My soul had once some foolish fondness for thee.
That court which we shall once govern. --Bp. Hall.
3. At any one time; -- often nearly equivalent to ever, if
ever, or whenever; as, once kindled, it may not be
Wilt thou not be made clean? When shall it once be?
To be once in doubt
Is once to be resolved. --Shak.
Note: Once is used as a noun when preceded by this or that;
as, this once, that once. It is also sometimes used
elliptically, like an adjective, for once-existing.
“The once province of Britain.”
--J. N. Pomeroy.
(a) At the same point of time; immediately; without delay.
“Stand not upon the order of your going, but go at
--Shak. “I . . . withdrew at once and
(b) At one and the same time; simultaneously; in one body;
as, they all moved at once.
Once and again
, once and once more; repeatedly. “A dove
sent forth once and again, to spy.”
, prep. [AS. [ae]t; akin to OHG. az, Goth., OS., & Icel.
at, Sw. [*a]t, Dan. & L. ad.]
Primarily, this word expresses the relations of presence,
nearness in place or time, or direction toward; as, at the
ninth hour; at the house; to aim at a mark. It is less
definite than in or on; at the house may be in or near the
house. From this original import are derived all the various
uses of at. It expresses:
1. A relation of proximity to, or of presence in or on,
something; as, at the door; at your shop; at home; at
school; at hand; at sea and on land.
2. The relation of some state or condition; as, at war; at
peace; at ease; at your service; at fault; at liberty; at
risk; at disadvantage.
3. The relation of some employment or action; occupied with;
as, at engraving; at husbandry; at play; at work; at meat
(eating); except at puns.
4. The relation of a point or position in a series, or of
degree, rate, or value; as, with the thermometer at
80[deg]; goods sold at a cheap price; a country estimated
at 10,000 square miles; life is short at the longest.
5. The relations of time, age, or order; as, at ten o'clock;
at twenty-one; at once; at first.
6. The relations of source, occasion, reason, consequence, or
effect; as, at the sight; at this news; merry at anything;
at this declaration; at his command; to demand, require,
receive, deserve, endure at your hands.
7. Relation of direction toward an object or end; as, look at
it; to point at one; to aim at a mark; to throw, strike,
shoot, wink, mock, laugh at any one.
, At home
, At large
, At last
, At length
, At once
, etc. See under All
and syn.), Length
, busily or actively engaged.
. See Least
. See At one
, in the Vocabulary.
Usage: When reference to the interior of any place is made
prominent in is used. It is used before the names of
countries and cities (esp. large cities); as, we live
in America, in New York, in the South. At is commonly
employed before names of houses, institutions,
villages, and small places; as, Milton was educated at
Christ's College; money taken in at the Customhouse; I
saw him at the jeweler's; we live at Beachville. At
may be used before the name of a city when it is
regarded as a mere point of locality. “An English
king was crowned at Paris.”
Jacques Rousseau was born at Geneva, June, 28, 1712.”
--J. Morley. In regard to time, we say at the hour, on
the day, in the year; as, at 9 o'clock, on the morning
of July 5th, in the year 1775.