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Definition of ago

: earlier than the present time 10 years ago

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Synonyms & Antonyms for ago


agone [archaic], back, since, syne [chiefly Scottish]



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Dust and water ice slowly accumulated, building up into a glacier that has nearly filled the hole left behind by that long-ago collision. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Mars orbiter sends a picture-perfect postcard back to Earth," 21 Dec. 2018 Responding to nine different distress calls, the TARDIS deposits the crew on the mysterious titular world, rife with debris from long-ago battles. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Doctor Who wraps a solid season with its first female Time Lord," 12 Dec. 2018 Danes’ long-ago status as slave owners and colonial masters rarely appears as a theme in mainstream culture. Martin Selsoe Sorensen, New York Times, "Iceland’s 1st Black Citizen? An Ex-Slave and War Hero Denmark Now Disregards," 14 Apr. 2018 The numbers were high in part because people, including distant relatives and long-ago friends, called in with incomplete information, Crum said. Janie Har, The Seattle Times, "AP Explains: The hunt for missing, dead in California fire," 21 Nov. 2018 On that long-ago October afternoon, Willy told me about back-breaking farm work, long hot days and long cold nights. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Hobo Hieroglyphs: Their Secret Symbols, Explained," 21 Nov. 2018 In many instances, the statute of limitations prevents law enforcement from prosecuting priests in these long-ago cases. Lisa Marie Pane, The Seattle Times, "Catholic board seeks parishioner-led abuse investigation," 28 Aug. 2018 That long-ago traumas still ripple through victims’ lives. Kay Steiger, Vox, "8 takeaways from the knock-down, drag-out fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation," 6 Oct. 2018 Who knows which other long-ago classmates might next rummage through their memories to recall what Mr. Kavanaugh might have done that no one else can remember? The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Politics of Destruction," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of ago

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ago

Middle English ago, agon, from past participle of agon "to go away, pass by, pass away, come to an end," going back to Old English āgān "to go away, depart, (of time) pass," from ā-, perfective prefix + gān "to go entry 1" — more at abide

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English Language Learners Definition of ago

: in the past : before the present time : before now


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Kids Definition of ago

: before this time a week ago

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