\ə-ˈgō \

Definition of ago 

: earlier than the present time 10 years ago

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The Edward Devotion School, named for a long-ago resident who bequeathed land to the town for use as a school, is undergoing a $120 million renovation. Leslie Anderson, BostonGlobe.com, "Brookline weighs removing slave owner’s name from school," 20 May 2018 These jets, whose material moves at nearly the speed of light, could help astronomers better understand the long-ago era when the universe's first stars formed and began clumping together, researchers said. Fox News, "Superbright quasar could shed light on universe's youth," 10 July 2018 Liver disease, likely stemming from a long-ago blood transfusion, appeared suddenly, leaving Sharon with only six weeks to live after the diagnosis. courant.com, "Sharon E. Torrant," 8 July 2018 To borrow from a marketing campaign from a long-ago rebuilding effort centered on Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry, everything can change in the blink of an eye. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "As former Bulls find homes, Bulls play waiting game in NBA free agency," 1 July 2018 His family forbids music, even in death, thanks to a long-ago abandonment. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "We rank Pixar's animated movies, from worst to best," 14 June 2018 There’s no general manager making subjective evaluations, no coach deciding who gets playing time, not much value in long-ago achievements. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "U.S. Open qualifying: Only the scorecard matters," 6 June 2018 But the majority of the warrant documents - dozen and dozens of pages - are devoted to retelling those long-ago crimes. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Georgia cop fired after he ran over fleeing suspect with his car," 3 June 2018 Peck’s costumes – shorts, old-style gym shoes and T-shirts – give it the feeling of a fading snapshot from a long-ago beach vacation. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Ballet's 'Bold Moves' is perfect harmony of performing, visual art," 28 Apr. 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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The first known use of ago was in the 14th century

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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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