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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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So, without further ado, here are my seven top tips for doing just that. SELF, "7 Tips for Anyone Who Wants to Start Working Out but Doesn't Know Where to Begin," 10 Jan. 2019 Without further ado, find seven exfoliating products for your feet recommended by dermatologists and Allure editors. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The 7 Best Foot Peels and Scrubs to Exfoliate Rough, Calloused Feet," 10 Sep. 2018 The third judge on the panel, Karen L. Henderson, an appointee of President George Bush, dissented, arguing that the administration should be able to transfer the battlefield captive without further ado. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "Appeals Court Bars U.S. From Transferring American ISIS Suspect," 9 May 2018 So without further ado, here’s each of the most popular supernatural creatures, ranked by how much money the movies about them made. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Ghosts, witches, zombies: which supernatural creature makes the most money at the box office?," 31 Oct. 2018 So, without further ado: Here are a bunch of cozy, toasty gift ideas that will keep the Perpetually Cold Person just ever so slightly more warm. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "21 Cozy Gifts for the Person Who's Always Cold," 17 Nov. 2018 The top boss at Sunrise City Hall will get to keep his $204,000-a-year job despite much ado over a little Bundt cake and an expired coupon. Susannah Bryan,, "Sunrise city manager keeps job despite bust-up over Bundt cake," 6 July 2018 If that’s the case, then, why such a big ado over a bilingual track hitting No. 1 on the Hot 100? Leila Cobo, Billboard, "The Times Have Changed: What 'I Like It' Hitting No. 1 Means to Latin Music," 3 July 2018 Is this going to be a huge battle or much ado about nothing? NBC News, "Meet the Press - July 1, 2018," 1 July 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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