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Definition of long-ago

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the past long-ago leaders

long ago


Definition of long ago (Entry 2 of 2)

: the distant past

Examples of long-ago in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Computer scientists long ago realized this effect could enable ultrasecure telecommunications, in which any attempt at eavesdropping would disrupt the entanglement, making the surveillance transparently obvious. Dhananjay Khadilkar, Scientific American, "‘Hybrid’ Quantum Networking Demonstrated for First Time," 2 July 2020 Like Harbaugh said, the Wolverines do indeed have it better than most, which is why Manuel’s bleak presentation Thursday was jarring for an industry that not long ago showed no signs of slowing down. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Why Michigan athletics' budget woes should alarm the rest of college sports," 26 June 2020 And, not so very long ago, noticing that the rose bush transplanted from my mom’s yard in Mayfield Heights shows signs of restoring itself. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Garden escapades enlighten, delight: Sun Messages," 9 June 2020 Not long ago, residents of affluent Western countries began traveling to the jungles of South America to have profound psychedelic experiences with the hallucinogen ayahuasca. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Down the Rabbit Hole: A Psychedelic Reading List," 29 Apr. 2011 Not too long ago, guns was considered the third rail of American politics. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts: ‘Police violence is gun violence’," 12 July 2020 Not too long ago, hiking packs involved large, bulky external frames. Popular Science, "Excellent hiking backpacks for your next trek," 6 July 2020 Oregon long ago stopped apologizing for its good fortune. oregonlive, "Canzano: It’s about to be Dr. Phil Knight at the University of Oregon," 12 June 2020 Not long ago, Hong Kong was seen as the city that would prefigure a more liberal, prosperous future for China. Washington Post, "China strangles its world city," 3 July 2020

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1603, in the meaning defined above


1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Long-ago.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/long-ago. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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