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ADVERBS Nothing; off; once; only; over

Once ("once for all," "above all"):

“Once, if he require our voices, we ought not to deny him.

“'Tis once thou lovest,
And I will fit thee with the remedy.

Hence "positively."

“Nay, an you be a cursing hypocrite, once you must be looked
to.

“Nay, an you begin to rail on society, once I am sworn not to
give regard to you.

The Folio and Globe place the comma after once

Once is sometimes omitted:

“This is (once) for all.

Once sometimes "in a word:"

Once this--your long experience of her wisdom,
Her sober virtue, years, and modesty,
Plead on her part some cause to you unknown.

At once is found in this or a similar sense:

“My lords, at once; the cause why we are met
Is to determine of the coronation.

“My lords, at once; the care you have of u<*>
Is worthy praise.

Once seems to mean "at some time (future)" in

“I thank thee, and I pray thee, once to-night
Give my sweet Nan this ring.

But the word may be taken as above.

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