al·​so | \ ˈȯl(t)-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce also (audio) , ˈȯ- \

Definition of also

1 : likewise sense 1 They also liked it.
2 : in addition : besides, too She's a talented singer and also a fine actress.

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Examples of also in a Sentence

She's a talented singer and also a fine actress. Thomas Edison is best known for inventing the lightbulb, but he also invented the phonograph. I don't think we should go out. Not only is it late, but it's also snowing. My neighbors were also at the show that night.
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First Known Use of also

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for also

Middle English, from Old English eallswā, from eall all + swā so — more at so

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The first known use of also was before the 12th century

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23 Feb 2021

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“Also.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of also

: in addition
: in a similar way


al·​so | \ ˈȯl-sō How to pronounce also (audio) \

Kids Definition of also

: in addition : too

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