\ ə-ˈgen How to pronounce again (audio) , -ˈgin, -ˈgān \

Definition of again

1 : in return : back … swore he would pay him again when he was able.— William Shakespeare
2a : another time : once more : anew I shall not look upon his like again.— William Shakespeare
b used to introduce a statement that repeats and stresses something previously said Again, I ask, why are you doing this?
c used to ask someone to repeat something that was not heard or understood clearly I'm sorry, what was your name again?
3 : on the other hand He might go, and again he might not.
4 : in addition : besides Again, there is another matter to consider.

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Examples of again in a Sentence

Please, come see us again. It was nice to see my friends again. She wants to prove that she can do it again. Things are back to normal again. When we heard the news, we all said, “Oh no! Not again!”. She demonstrated yet again her remarkable artistic talents. It'll just be the same thing all over again. When he stood up, he got so dizzy that he had to sit down again.
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Recent Examples on the Web As the Packers head into the bye with a 9-3 record, Aaron Rodgers finds himself at the top of MVP rankings yet again. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Dec. 2021 The number of homicides in the Chicago area so far this year surpassed 1,000 during the holiday weekend after Thanksgiving – as Cook County achieved the grim milestone again for the first time in 27 years. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 2 Dec. 2021 It’s that time of year again small business boys and girls: time for Santa to make a list and check it twice. Steve Strauss, USA TODAY, 2 Dec. 2021 The same issues that have plagued the Pistons all season plagued them again on Tuesday. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, 2 Dec. 2021 The teams drew even twice over the final 87 seconds, first at 62, then again at 64 with 13.3 seconds left. Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Dec. 2021 The Warriors play the Suns again Friday in San Francisco. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 2 Dec. 2021 An Air Force mishap report said their aircraft became briefly airborne after touching down, rolled rapidly to the right and touched down, skidded, crossed the runway centerline, lifted off again and struck the second plane. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Dec. 2021 But all the paperwork actually means is that the Warriors are back from their road trip through Los Angeles and Phoenix, so the trio can practice again with the big club in San Francisco. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of again

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for again

Middle English ayen, ayein, ayan, ageyn, again "back, in the opposite direction, to a former state, once more, another time," going back to Old English ongeagn, ongeæn, ongēan, ongān, ongegn, ongēn, agēn (Northumbrian ongægn, ongǣn), (compare parallel compounds in Old Saxon angegin "once more, toward," Old High German ingagan, ingegin "in opposition") from on-, a- on entry 1, a- entry 1 + -geagn (going back to Germanic *gagna-, whence Old High German gagan "towards, against," Old Norse gagn- "against, counter, through") or -gegn (going back to Germanic *gagni-, whence Old Saxon & Old High German gegin "against," Old Frisian jēn, Old Norse gegn)

Note: It has been assumed that certain Old English forms, such as ongeagn, reflected an original *gagna-, and others, such as ongegn, an original *gegni-, though the evidence for the latter in Old English is not entirely clear. The rare instances of ongegn could represent "palatal monophthongization" of ongeagn, while ongēn would be a contraction of ongegn—this would leave only reflexes of *gagna- in Old English. Old English ongān (continued in Middle English ayan) apparently represents a monophthongization of ongēan after the crest of the diphthong had shifted forward. Middle English ayen, the most common southern form well into the 14th century, may be the outcome of either ongēan or ongēn. The form ayein would appear to directly continue ongegn. Originally northern again is presumed to have the velar /g/ from Old Norse i gegn. The shortened vowel in the usual pronunciation of again is probably due to against, where it was conditioned by the final consonant cluster. The origin of Germanic *gagna-, *gegni- (Gothic correspondent lacking) is obscure.

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English Language Learners Definition of again

: for another time : one more time
: to a previous position or place
used to introduce a thought or possibility that differs from a preceding one usually used in the phrase then again


\ ə-ˈgen How to pronounce again (audio) \

Kids Definition of again

1 : for another time : once more did it again
2 : on the other hand You might, but then again, you might not.
3 : in addition half as much again

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