from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Occurring or undertaken only once: a one-time winner in 1995.
  • adj. Having been in the past; former: asked his one-time classmates for help.
  • adj. Sports Relating to or being a shot made from a pass that is not stopped prior to shooting.
  • transitive v. Sports To shoot (a ball or puck) directly from a pass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a specific time in the past.
  • adj. Occurring only on one occasion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sometime; former; whilom: as, with their one-time king.
  • At once; without delay.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. belonging to some prior time


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • He had given himself what he called a one-time waiver in the previous election, and was now going against his prior commitment not to extend his hold over both offices.

    The Scorpion’s Tail

  • Henry has spent the last several years redeeming himself following a five-year stint in prison for armed robbery, which he describes as a one-time mistake that stemmed from a desperate and ill-conceived plan to gain money to help his family save their house in Washington, D.C.

    News -

  • Soon there appeared in Williamsburg a man named John Short, who was described as a one-time participant in the counterfeiting.


  • In its judgement, reached in July but only now revealed, the UNHRC said: "Even if the obligation to remove the turban for the identity photograph might be described as a one-time requirement, it would potentially interfere with the author's Ranjit Singh's freedom of religion on a continuing basis."

    BBC News - Home

  • And in this world, there are always -- it's kind of a gray area we define as a one-time item or not.

  • In that $47 million, how much is one-time expenses, whether it be inventory mark up or whatever you would call one-time in nature?

  • The world remains in the early stages of a long period of major demand growth, and so-called one-time events in the industry that constrain supply now occur each quarter.

  • Tucked away off a main thoroughfare, the one-time center of this now sprawling city has fallen on hard times.

    American Grace

  • NEW YORK mdash; The New York Times Co. is reporting a smaller loss for the third quarter, dragged down by one-time expenses and another drop ...

    New York Times Reports Loss, Print Continues To Slide

  • However, in agreeing to the settlement, the Emperor "and his colleagues neither admitted nor denied the government's charges," so we can only conclude that the Emperor offered the money as a one-time donation to promote the good work of the great and powerful overseer.

    Jim Lichtman: The Emperor's New Clothes, Vers. 2.0


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