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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

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Examples of ado in a Sentence

a bride-to-be caught up in the usual prenuptial ado

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Without further ado, browse the photos above for the BB20 preseason power rankings. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "Big Brother 20 preseason power rankings," 26 June 2018 Without further ado, here are the newest additions to the streaming service, from the return of old familiar classics like Interview with a Vampire (Brad Pitt! Tom Cruise! Vogue, "Here's What to Watch on Netflix in July," 26 June 2018 There was much ado about their first get together in 2009. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Look Back at All of Queen Elizabeth's Presidential Meetings," 13 July 2018 Will the Committee on Infractions decide the allegations are much ado about nothing? Pete Thamel,, "The Case Against Ole Miss: amid significant allegations, will the NCAA find smoke or fire in Rebels' football program?," 29 June 2016 Without further ado: [STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI REMAKE opens where STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS left off, with REY handing LUKE SKYWALKER his lightsaber.] LUKE: Hey, that’s my lightsaber! Scott Meslow, GQ, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," 22 June 2018 So, without further ado, here are the winners, along with the two other finalists, for the 2018 spring sports season. Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Free Press spring sports awards winners," 20 June 2018 Without further ado, Billboard attempts to rank each song from Everything Is Love. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Ranking Each Song From JAY-Z & Beyonce's 'Everything Is Love' Album: Critic's Pick," 17 June 2018 Here, without further ado, are the takeaways that everyone will be talking about after the curtain falls on what ended up being, as many have said, the best Tony Awards in years. Vogue, "These Were the 7 Best Moments From the 2018 Tony Awards," 11 June 2018

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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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The first known use of ado was in the 14th century

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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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