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once (1 esp. with “an, if”=if even, if at all)
1. at any time, ever, at all Ado V. i. 218 “an you be a cursing hypocrite once,” 1H6 V. iii. 58, Cym. V. iii. 78, Sonn. lvii. 8 “When you have bid your servant once adieu” (“when . . . once”=whenever, every time).
2. =for once Tp. III. ii. 25 “speak once in thy life,” MND. III. ii. 68 “O! once tell true,” 1H4 I. ii. 158 “once in my days I'll be a madcap” ; hence merely emphasizing an imper., Wiv. III. iv. 103, LLL. IV. iii. 361.
3. =once for all; (hence) phr. “once this, 'tis once,” to be brief, in short Err. III. i. 89, Ado I. i. 328 [320]; also simply “once” in the same sense Cor. II. iii. 1.
4. “at once,” let us proceed without more ado 2H6 III. i. 66, R3 III. iv. 1.
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