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 The Biden administration is launching a task force dedicated to stemming online abuse, making good on a long-ago campaign promise in light of recent violence fueled by digital radicalization, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 16 June 2022 My favorite way to mentor the up-and-comers is to adapt the philosophy of my long-ago teachers. Domenic Rom, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2022 All Oliver can do is rely on that long-ago conversation with the spymaster McCord and the crusading lawyer Morgan. Manuel Roig-franzia, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 But there was one overriding lesson of Watergate that did take root — and is at the root of the debate over those long-ago events and over Trump and Trumpism today. David M. Shribman,, 11 June 2022 Back in the familiar pits, where fans – old enough to be his parents or young enough to be his children – walk past wearing jackets and hats with logos of his long-ago sponsors. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 May 2022 William Shatner was recently quoted, complaining about having to answer questions about a long-ago feud with Wheaton, which the author discussed on his blog in great detail in 2021 and mentions in his memoir. Dawn Ennis, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Others describe a shared experience of long-ago invasions and conquests, from the Khazars to the Mongols. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2022 Spalding has won more Grammys than any of her long-ago rivals for best new artist. Paul Grein, Billboard, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 Jun 2022

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: before this time a week ago

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