ago

adjective or adverb
\ ə-ˈgō How to pronounce ago (audio) \

Definition of ago

: earlier than the present time 10 years ago

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Examples of ago in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the time the book is written, there is little evidence of the initial spark or a long-ago conversation in California Pizza Kitchen. Ann Patchett, Harper's Magazine, "These Precious Days," 5 Jan. 2021 In that long-ago game, the Lakers blew out the Warriors, but James was injured. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "What’s old may be new again: a meaningful Stephen Curry-LeBron James meeting," 18 Jan. 2021 Both are incapable of getting over a long-ago loss (in the GOP’s case, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama) and thus being unable to adapt to modernity. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "Column: What Netflix’s ‘Cobra Kai’ teaches us about how to deal with Trump," 18 Jan. 2021 By the time the book is written, there is little evidence of the initial spark or a long-ago conversation in California Pizza Kitchen. Ann Patchett, Harper's Magazine, "These Precious Days," 5 Jan. 2021 By the time the book is written, there is little evidence of the initial spark or a long-ago conversation in California Pizza Kitchen. Ann Patchett, Harper's Magazine, "These Precious Days," 5 Jan. 2021 Though Minnesota has a significant population of descendants of long-ago Czech immigrants, their recipes — largely Bohemian — vary somewhat from the more modern — and more regionally Moravian — delicacies Giancarlo Kotek makes. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 18 Dec. 2020 By the time the book is written, there is little evidence of the initial spark or a long-ago conversation in California Pizza Kitchen. Ann Patchett, Harper's Magazine, "These Precious Days," 5 Jan. 2021 By the time the book is written, there is little evidence of the initial spark or a long-ago conversation in California Pizza Kitchen. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "How Does the Story End?," 31 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of ago was in the 14th century

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20 Feb 2021

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“Ago.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ago. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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ago

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of ago

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

ago

adverb
\ ə-ˈgō How to pronounce ago (audio) \

Kids Definition of ago

: before this time a week ago

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