1 of 2


used to call attention or to express wonder or surprise
lo these many years


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liaison officer

Examples of lo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
God narrates the film, starring Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson, which was born in the basement show spaces of UCB lo these many years ago. Vulture, 20 Sep. 2023 As the good folk in the land of the sacrament have said for lo these many years: light the freakin’ beam. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Apr. 2023 And lo, the gospel of RottenTomatoes.com has Hollywood popping Klonopin and yanking out its hair more than ever as summer movie season gets going. Chris Lee, HWD, 9 June 2017 Then lo and behold a couple months later when the Senate convenes, a number of people who are elected as Democrats enter an agreement that empowers Republicans who voters specifically said should be in the minority. Alex Shephard, New Republic, 12 May 2017 The character’s yellow head was given a red bow, scarlet lipstick, and a glamorous beauty spot, and, lo, the Man became a Ms. Ms. Pac-Man’s grand innovation was to randomize the movements of the ghosts, named Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Sue. Simon Parkin, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2017

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Word History



Middle English, from Old English

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lo was before the 12th century

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“Lo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lo. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


used to call attention or show wonder or surprise

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