\ˈlȯŋ-ə-ˈgō \

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

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Not long ago, Tetsuya Mizuguchi, the legendary game designer behind musical classics Rez and Lumines, was on vacation with his family in Hawaii. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s trippy new take on Tetris will put you in the zone," 31 Oct. 2018 Long, long ago — like, a couple years — there was a time when the name Kylie Jenner was practically synonymous with matte lips. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Teases New High Gloss Lip Glosses Launching in November," 31 Oct. 2018 Not long ago, most people's skin care routines consisted of a quick wash, maybe a weekly exfoliant, and some moisturizer. Leeann Duggan, Glamour, "I Tried an 8-Step $400 Luxury Skin Care Routine…for My Vagina," 25 Oct. 2018 But Venus was a temperate world long ago, with seas that persisted for eons — perhaps 2 billion years or more, according to recent modeling research. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Life on Venus? Why It's Not an Absurd Thought," 16 Apr. 2018 That would have been a perfectly appropriate reaction to an American teenager discussing the intricacies of Eurosteps not too long ago. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "One Eurostep for Manu. One Giant Leap for Mankind.," 9 Aug. 2018 The deadline for media members to submit their final NBA Rookie of the Year ballots passed long ago and yet the debate rages on like a maelstrom. Tim Hackett, SI.com, "Ben Simmons and the Benefits of a Redshirt Year," 25 June 2018 Extraterrestrial passengers — assuming there were any — either phoned home and were rescued long ago or disappeared into the hostile landscapes of the Red Planet. NBC News, "Here's the scientific explanation for that 'alien spaceship' on Mars," 23 June 2018 Not too long ago, Brendan Rodgers and Forrest Wall were among the best players on Central Florida’s high-school baseball fields. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Former first-round picks from Central Florida connect in minors," 18 June 2018

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1603, in the meaning defined above


1838, in the meaning defined above

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