again

adverb
\ ə-ˈgen How to pronounce again (audio) , -ˈgin, -ˈgān \

Definition of again

1 : in return : back … swore he would pay him again when he was able.— William Shakespeare
2a : another time : once more : anew I shall not look upon his like again.— William Shakespeare
b used to introduce a statement that repeats and stresses something previously said Again, I ask, why are you doing this?
c used to ask someone to repeat something that was not heard or understood clearly I'm sorry, what was your name again?
3 : on the other hand He might go, and again he might not.
4 : in addition : besides Again, there is another matter to consider.

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Examples of again in a Sentence

Please, come see us again. It was nice to see my friends again. She wants to prove that she can do it again. Things are back to normal again. When we heard the news, we all said, “Oh no! Not again!”. She demonstrated yet again her remarkable artistic talents. It'll just be the same thing all over again. When he stood up, he got so dizzy that he had to sit down again. See More
Recent Examples on the Web One day after Kate Middleton stepped out in a chic navy and white Michael Kors coat dress, the Duchess opted for an all-blue look again. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 12 May 2022 Garcia and her husband are considering moving again. Stephanie Casanova, Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2022 Tears again welled in the eyes of the quarterback the New England Patriots had just selected in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL draft. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 11 May 2022 Dorow agreed to cancel a May 13 preliminary hearing and instead scheduled a status hearing for May 18 to try again to untangle the issues. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 May 2022 Stegall nearly lost her job at the furniture factory because her boss thought she had been arrested again. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 All county teams will meet again in next Tuesday’s sectional at HSE. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 11 May 2022 With the application for his pass pending, Mr. Wang once again had to pause deliveries. Karen Hao, WSJ, 10 May 2022 Dumpster day: The city will once again have dumpsters available for residents for spring clean-up May 20-22. cleveland, 8 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of again

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for again

Middle English ayen, ayein, ayan, ageyn, again "back, in the opposite direction, to a former state, once more, another time," going back to Old English ongeagn, ongeæn, ongēan, ongān, ongegn, ongēn, agēn (Northumbrian ongægn, ongǣn), (compare parallel compounds in Old Saxon angegin "once more, toward," Old High German ingagan, ingegin "in opposition") from on-, a- on entry 1, a- entry 1 + -geagn (going back to Germanic *gagna-, whence Old High German gagan "towards, against," Old Norse gagn- "against, counter, through") or -gegn (going back to Germanic *gagni-, whence Old Saxon & Old High German gegin "against," Old Frisian jēn, Old Norse gegn)

Note: It has been assumed that certain Old English forms, such as ongeagn, reflected an original *gagna-, and others, such as ongegn, an original *gegni-, though the evidence for the latter in Old English is not entirely clear. The rare instances of ongegn could represent "palatal monophthongization" of ongeagn, while ongēn would be a contraction of ongegn—this would leave only reflexes of *gagna- in Old English. Old English ongān (continued in Middle English ayan) apparently represents a monophthongization of ongēan after the crest of the diphthong had shifted forward. Middle English ayen, the most common southern form well into the 14th century, may be the outcome of either ongēan or ongēn. The form ayein would appear to directly continue ongegn. Originally northern again is presumed to have the velar /g/ from Old Norse i gegn. The shortened vowel in the usual pronunciation of again is probably due to against, where it was conditioned by the final consonant cluster. The origin of Germanic *gagna-, *gegni- (Gothic correspondent lacking) is obscure.

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14 May 2022

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again

adverb
\ ə-ˈgen How to pronounce again (audio) \

Kids Definition of again

1 : for another time : once more did it again
2 : on the other hand You might, but then again, you might not.
3 : in addition half as much again

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