\ə-ˈgō \

Definition of ago 

: earlier than the present time 10 years ago

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Synonyms & Antonyms for ago


agone [archaic], back, since, syne [chiefly Scottish]



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In many instances, the statute of limitations prevents law enforcement from prosecuting priests in these long-ago cases. Lisa Marie Pane, The Seattle Times, "Catholic board seeks parishioner-led abuse investigation," 28 Aug. 2018 That long-ago traumas still ripple through victims’ lives. Kay Steiger, Vox, "8 takeaways from the knock-down, drag-out fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation," 6 Oct. 2018 Who knows which other long-ago classmates might next rummage through their memories to recall what Mr. Kavanaugh might have done that no one else can remember? The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Politics of Destruction," 24 Sep. 2018 Eventually, as the boomers age out and a new generation needs therapy, the props will change to reflect a different, long-ago moment in time. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Fake ’50s town offers real benefits for people with dementia," 20 Sep. 2018 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

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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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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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