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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
Recent Examples on the Web Without further ado, here are three of 2020's biggest conspiracy theories: 1. Fortune, "The biggest conspiracy theories of 2020 (and why they won’t die)," 31 Dec. 2020 So without further ado, enjoy this full-body cardio workout. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "5-Move Full-Body Cardio Workout," 30 Dec. 2020 Without further ado, here’s your Essential Politics year in review. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: Impeachment. Election. Pandemic. Here’s a look back at a stormy year.," 23 Dec. 2020 Without further ado, here are the most exciting discounts the mega-retailer is offering this Saturday and Sunday. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this weekend," 13 Dec. 2020 Without further ado, and without overthinking it, here are some ideas for those types of things. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Just Give Your People Small Comforts: A 2020 Holiday Gift Guide," 11 Dec. 2020 Without further ado, here are Billboard staffers’ picks for the 30 best pop songs of 2020, in alphabetical order by artist name. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 30 Best Pop Songs of 2020: Staff Picks," 11 Dec. 2020 And so, without further ado, EW presents the best holiday commercials of 2020, which left us heart-warmed, teary-eyed and, yes, more than a little hungry: 18. Ruth Kinane,, "The 18 best holiday commercials of 2020," 10 Dec. 2020 And so, without further ado, keep scrolling to read more about our top Amazon sale picks of the day. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Monday," 8 Dec. 2020

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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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13 Jan 2021

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“Ado.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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