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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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The long-ago collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali is being revived in an unexpected way. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney: Gran Destino Tower, a new hotel option, owes its look to Salvador Dali project," 8 July 2019 His victory walk up 18 was like a memory from a different time, a long-ago place where Tiger was a corporate branding machine more than anything else. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, nola.com, "A day at the Masters unlike any other: Tiger Woods takes his place in sports history," 15 Apr. 2019 Overnight rates at classy Blue Door Inn include a wine reception and breakfast in a long-ago blacksmith shop. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "3 small towns for a summer getaway in Wisconsin," 11 July 2018 James, curating his image with Browne’s high-fashion imaginings of traditional American menswear, stated the prowess of his taste, and avenged that now long-ago misstep. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Evolution of N.B.A.-Draft Fashion," 26 June 2019 Iran today is benefiting from its experience in that long-ago conflict, experts said. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "A ‘tanker war’ with Iran would be more complicated than the 1980s version," 18 June 2019 But the majority of the warrant documents — dozen and dozens of pages — are devoted to retelling those long-ago crimes. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "The most disturbing parts of the 171-page warrants for the Golden State Killer suspect," 2 June 2018 Wynn’s Baltimore neighborhood is a long-ago place of pipefitters and welders that has gentrified with boutique shops, cafes, a wellness center, psychic and Charm City Chocolate. Jeffrey Fleishman, latimes.com, "Transgender YouTube star ContraPoints tries to change alt-right minds," 12 June 2019 After weeks of analysis, astronomers were certain: The two signals came from the same event, a long-ago collision between two ultra-dense stellar leftovers called neutron stars. Liz Kruesi, National Geographic, "Dear Fermi: What it means to see the universe's extremes," 11 June 2019

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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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