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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 Not that long ago, the phone was my lifeline, a regular source of happy social or remunerative interaction. Stephanie Dolgoff, Good Housekeeping, 17 July 2021 In order for Mars to have been watery and wet — which there’s an overwhelming amount of geological evidence for — there must have been a substantial, thick atmosphere on Mars long ago. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 If the bill had passed, Dight Avenue would have been history long ago. Star Tribune, 24 June 2021 For Sophia Williams, one of Foppoli’s original accusers, his decision to step down was a first step in a reckoning that should have happened long ago. Alexandria Bordas, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 May 2021 Critics say slavery happened too long ago and thus the harms are too old to be repaired. NBC News, 12 May 2021 This happened not too long ago, as well, with servers struggling over the weekend and people unable to play. Dave Thier, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 Not long ago, the notion of flying on a private plane meant earning a seven-figure income and chartering a Gulfstream V or an equally elite aircraft. Blane Bachelor, Outside Online, 21 June 2021 The word long ago lost its original connotation, which dates to the fourteenth century: tenderness, mercy, compassion for those who are less powerful than you. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 4 May 2021

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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 2 Aug. 2021.

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