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Definition of ado

1 : heightened fuss or concern : to-do much ado about the need for reform
2 : time-wasting bother over trivial details wrote the paper without further ado
3 : trouble, difficulty The journey itself is not described; our heroes disembark without ado at Philadelphia.— Anthony Lane

Examples of ado in a Sentence

a bride-to-be caught up in the usual prenuptial ado
Recent Examples on the Web Anyway, without further ado, here’s my conversation with Benjamin Cleary and Mahershala Ali. Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2022 Without further ado, here are 10 ways business leaders can help lead their traditional business to a digital-first business. Matthew Mcnair, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 So here, without further ado, are this year’s Good Tech Awards. New York Times, 27 Dec. 2021 Now, without further ado, here are 10 of 2021's most unbelievable beauty and hacks. Sara Miranda, Allure, 22 Dec. 2021 So without further ado, here are the wedding trends to consider in 2022, and what to avoid. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 14 Dec. 2021 And now, without further ado, here is a list of the fun and festive family-friendly holiday events to enjoy throughout metro Phoenix. Alison Stanton, The Arizona Republic, 7 Dec. 2021 Without further ado, Vogue’s Holiday Windows, your one-stop to holiday cheer—and gifting! Rachel Besser, Vogue, 3 Dec. 2021 Some pundits have said that this is much ado about nothing because no one was harmed during this conveyer belt of self-driving cars coming and going. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 17 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of ado

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ado

Middle English, reduced from the infinitive phrase at do, from at "to, at entry 1" + do, don "to do entry 1"

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13 Jan 2022

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“Ado.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of ado

: foolish or unnecessary talk, trouble, or activity


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Kids Definition of ado

: foolish or unnecessary trouble, activity, or excitement

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