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at once

1. Immediately. I need you to call me at once—we have an urgent matter to discuss. The boss wants you to start working on this report at once.
2. At the same time. Don't try to carry more than two boxes at once—they're heavy! I can't understand a word with all of you screaming at once.
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at once

immediately; right now. We must leave at once! You must come here at once; it is an emergency.
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at once

1. At the same time, as in We can't all fit into the boat at once. [First half of 1200s] Also see at one time, def. 1.
2. Immediately, as in Mother told the children to come inside at once. [First half of 1500s]
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at ˈonce


1 immediately: I’m afraid there’s a problem. I must ask you to leave the building at once.
2 at the same time: Don’t all speak at once!I’m not superwoman, you know. I can’t do a hundred things at once.
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at once

1. All at one time; simultaneously: Everything happened at once. The view of the skyline is at once awesome, grand, and disappointing.
2. Immediately; instantly: Leave the room at once.
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References in classic literature ?
He sent at once for the fisherman, and when he came said to him, "Fisherman, bring me four more fish like you have brought already, for an accident has happened to them so that they cannot be served up to the Sultan.
He went back at once and carried them to the grand-vizir as he had promised.
All at once he heard distinctly a faint cry, as though someone had uttered a low broken moan.
And it seemed to him all at once that he was turned to stone, that it was like a dream in which one is being pursued, nearly caught and will be killed, and is rooted to the spot and cannot even move one's arms.
flashed through his mind, but the unknown began to speak and he recovered himself at once.
While they were knocking and talking together, the idea several times occurred to him to end it all at once and shout to them through the door.
If anyone had come into his room then, he would have jumped up at once and screamed.
But city planning officials say that the cumulative impact of building everything at once is no different than if each of the projects were built as they were approved.
Usually, an average of two of the five planets visible without a telescope can be seen at once, and the last time they were all there together was six years ago.
Up to eight chivalrous gamers can test their skills at once and battle online to discover who the ultimate medieval master will be.
We wanted to fill the gap for kids who fall between the young children who shop at Once Upon A Child(R) and the older teens and young adults who shop at Plato's Closet(R).