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 for At once
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Once \Once\ (w[u^]ns), adv. [OE. ones, anes, an adverbial form
     fr. one, on, an, one. See One-, -Wards.]
     1. For one time; by limitation to the number one; not twice
        nor any number of times more than one.
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              Ye shall . . . go round about the city once. --Josh.
                                                    vi. 3.
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              Trees that bear mast are fruitful but once in two
              years.                                --Bacon.
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     2. At some one period of time; -- used indefinitely.
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              My soul had once some foolish fondness for thee.
                                                    --Addison.
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              That court which we shall once govern. --Bp. Hall.
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     3. At any one time; -- often nearly equivalent to ever, if
        ever, or whenever; as, once kindled, it may not be
        quenched.
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              Wilt thou not be made clean? When shall it once be?
                                                    --Jer. xiii.
                                                    27.
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              To be once in doubt
              Is once to be resolved.               --Shak.
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     Note: Once is used as a noun when preceded by this or that;
           as, this once, that once. It is also sometimes used
           elliptically, like an adjective, for once-existing.
           "The once province of Britain." --J. N. Pomeroy.
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     At once.
        (a) At the same point of time; immediately; without delay.
            "Stand not upon the order of your going, but go at
            once." --Shak. "I . . . withdrew at once and
            altogether." --Jeffrey.
        (b) At one and the same time; simultaneously; in one body;
            as, they all moved at once.
  
     Once and again, once and once more; repeatedly. "A dove
        sent forth once and again, to spy." --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  At \At\, prep. [AS. [ae]t; akin to OHG. az, Goth., OS., & Icel.
     at, Sw. [*a]t, Dan. & L. ad.]
     Primarily, this word expresses the relations of presence,
     nearness in place or time, or direction toward; as, at the
     ninth hour; at the house; to aim at a mark. It is less
     definite than in or on; at the house may be in or near the
     house. From this original import are derived all the various
     uses of at. It expresses: 
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     1. A relation of proximity to, or of presence in or on,
        something; as, at the door; at your shop; at home; at
        school; at hand; at sea and on land.
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     2. The relation of some state or condition; as, at war; at
        peace; at ease; at your service; at fault; at liberty; at
        risk; at disadvantage.
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     3. The relation of some employment or action; occupied with;
        as, at engraving; at husbandry; at play; at work; at meat
        (eating); except at puns.
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     4. The relation of a point or position in a series, or of
        degree, rate, or value; as, with the thermometer at
        80[deg]; goods sold at a cheap price; a country estimated
        at 10,000 square miles; life is short at the longest.
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     5. The relations of time, age, or order; as, at ten o'clock;
        at twenty-one; at once; at first.
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     6. The relations of source, occasion, reason, consequence, or
        effect; as, at the sight; at this news; merry at anything;
        at this declaration; at his command; to demand, require,
        receive, deserve, endure at your hands.
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     7. Relation of direction toward an object or end; as, look at
        it; to point at one; to aim at a mark; to throw, strike,
        shoot, wink, mock, laugh at any one.
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     At all, At home, At large, At last, At length, At
     once, etc. See under All, Home, Large, Last (phrase
        and syn.), Length, Once, etc.
  
     At it, busily or actively engaged.
  
     At least. See Least and However.
  
     At one. See At one, in the Vocabulary.
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     Syn: In, At.
  
     Usage: When reference to the interior of any place is made
            prominent in is used. It is used before the names of
            countries and cities (esp. large cities); as, we live
            in America, in New York, in the South. At is commonly
            employed before names of houses, institutions,
            villages, and small places; as, Milton was educated at
            Christ's College; money taken in at the Customhouse; I
            saw him at the jeweler's; we live at Beachville. At
            may be used before the name of a city when it is
            regarded as a mere point of locality. "An English king
            was crowned at Paris." --Macaulay. "Jean Jacques
            Rousseau was born at Geneva, June, 28, 1712." --J.
            Morley. In regard to time, we say at the hour, on the
            day, in the year; as, at 9 o'clock, on the morning of
            July 5th, in the year 1775.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  at once
      adv 1: without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening;
             "he answered immediately"; "found an answer
             straightaway"; "an official accused of dishonesty should
             be suspended forthwith"; "Come here now!" [syn:
             immediately, instantly, straightaway, straight
             off, directly, now, right away, at once,
             forthwith, like a shot]
      2: simultaneously; "he took three cookies at a time" [syn: at a
         time, at once, at one time]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  81 Moby Thesaurus words for "at once":
     PDQ, all at once, all together, amain, apace, as one, at a blow,
     at a stroke, at one blow, at one jump, at one stroke, at one swoop,
     at one time, by forced marches, coincidentally, coinstantaneously,
     concurrently, conjointly, corporately, cursorily, decisively,
     directly, expeditiously, feverishly, forthwith, furiously,
     hand over fist, hastily, helter-skelter, hotfoot, hurriedly,
     hurry-scurry, immediately, in a hurry, in agreement, in common,
     in concord, in no time, in partnership, in passing, in unison,
     inharmony, instanter, instantly, jointly, mutually, now,
     on the instant, on the run, on the spot, pell-mell, per saltum,
     pretty damned quick, promptly, pronto, quickly, right away,
     right now, right off, simultaneously, slapdash, smartly, speedily,
     straightaway, straightway, subito, summarily, superficially,
     swiftly, then and there, this minute, this very minute, together,
     uno saltu, with a rush, with all haste, with all speed,
     with dispatch, with haste, without delay, without further delay
  
  

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