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Adverb: once  wún(t)s
  1. On one occasion
    "once I ran into her";
    - one time, in one case
  2. As soon as
    "once we are home, we can rest";
    - when
  3. At a previous time
    "she was a dancer once";
    - formerly, at one time, erstwhile [archaic], erst [archaic], sometime [archaic]

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