Often means "frequently," like if you see your friends every day, you see each other often.

The adverb often can mean "in great quantities," like you often stop by the donut shop, you might be shocked to realize you've been there hundreds of times in the last few years. Often can also mean "in many cases or instances." When a student starts to study more and get more serious about learning, it often leads to better grades.

Definitions of often
  1. adverb
    many times at short intervals
    “we often met over a cup of coffee”
    synonyms: frequently, oft, oftentimes, ofttimes
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    rarely, seldom
    not often
    not many times
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  2. adverb
    frequently or in great quantities
    synonyms: a great deal, much
  3. adverb
    in many cases or instances
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