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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Recent Examples on the Web Sentences from long-ago work emails have been dissected in front of jurors, and C.I.A. witnesses have been asked under oath about their honest opinions of their bosses. Nicole Hong, New York Times, "Life of a C.I.A. Coder: Nerf Guns, Pranks and Fat Jokes," 17 Feb. 2020 Tyrannosaurs’ snouts are often crisscrossed with the marks of long-ago scuffles with other dinosaurs—including other tyrannosaurs. Jared Voris, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 10 Feb. 2020 But his ties to Northern California stretch beyond these long-ago snapshots. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Aaron Rodgers: Long NFL journey leads back to Northern California," 19 Jan. 2020 My hope is that the candidates win and lose the caucuses on their merits rather than falling victim to some last-minute media controversy or a long-ago news clip dramatically revealed through opposition research in the final hours. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Joe Biden’s Confounding Candidacy," 25 Jan. 2020 The bend, geophysicists thought, came from a long-ago shift in the plate’s motion. Quanta Magazine, "Continents of the Underworld Come Into Focus," 7 Jan. 2020 If approved by the Public Improvement Commission, the reference to Dudley Square will be stricken from the city’s street register, swept aside like the long-ago streetcars and elevated trolley that helped make the square a major transportation hub. BostonGlobe.com, "Whatever the result of Thursday’s vote, the Dudley name will linger elsewhere. Dudley Street stretches from Roxbury to Dorchester. The bus depot is still called Dudley Station. Pizza and subs can be ordered at the Dudley Square Grille.," 19 Dec. 2019 Responding to nine different distress calls, the TARDIS deposited the crew on the mysterious titular world, rife with debris from long-ago battles. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "BBC drops an action-packed Doctor Who trailer 56 years after show first aired," 23 Nov. 2019 On that long-ago day, as Washington was just emerging from winter, Weather Service records indicate that the mercury plummeted to 25 degrees. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Washington officially has its coldest day since March," 10 Nov. 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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The first known use of ago was in the 14th century

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24 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ago.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ago. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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ago

adverb
How to pronounce ago (audio)

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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