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 Alexy, who pitches only out of the stretch, is a former Dodgers draft pick acquired by Texas in the long-ago trade for Yu Darvish., 7 Sep. 2021 Perhaps his long-ago love, Daisy, now living just across Long Island Sound, will wander into the sprawl one day. Anna Russell, WSJ, 19 Aug. 2021 This fluid, from which the diamonds once formed, holds a unique record of long-ago conditions deep within Earth. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, 19 July 2021 No one symbolized Eveleth's long-ago dominance more than John Mariucci and John Mayasich, who remain hockey legends for their achievements ranging from college hockey to the Olympic Games. Jana Hollingsworth, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 Beasley said the use of whispering by Biden, who was a U.S. senator and vice president for a total of more than 40 years, is a throwback to a long-ago time of chummier relations between lawmakers and members of the Washington press corps. Darlene Superville, ajc, 12 July 2021 Much of the story of Scales is conveyed wordlessly, perhaps because Hayat is herself part sea maiden thanks to her long-ago encounter as a baby. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 10 July 2021 Englert’s crime-scene reconstruction also brought the violence of that long-ago morning into better focus. oregonlive, 6 July 2021 Others said the process took so long that supporting material for their cases, including costly medical tests and affidavits from long-ago supervisors, had to be resubmitted. Washington Post, 2 July 2021

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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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12 Sep 2021

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“Ago.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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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