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[uh-goh] /əˈgoʊ/
gone; gone by; past (usually preceded by a noun):
five days ago.
in past time; in the past:
All this happened long ago.
Origin of ago
before 1000; Middle English ago(n), Old English āgān, past participle of āgān to go by, pass, equivalent to ā- a-3 + gān to go1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was a good while ago that the events out of which this story was woven transpired.

    The Wedge of Gold C. C. Goodwin
  • But when you talked with me a little while ago you were crawfishing!

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • A little while ago, every letter to Isabella brought an account of fresh gaieties; dinners at Mr. Cole's, or balls at the Crown.

    Emma Jane Austen
  • He brings her back to the seat where they were so cold and grave a brief while ago.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • An hour or two ago he was a fugitive, practically unarmed, with nearly a score of Askari hunting him down.

    Samba Herbert Strang
British Dictionary definitions for ago


in the past: five years ago, long ago
Usage note
The use of ago with since (it's ten years ago since he wrote the novel) is redundant and should be avoided: it is ten years since he wrote the novel
Word Origin
C14 ago, from Old English āgān to pass away
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ago

early 14c., shortened form of Old English agan, agone "departed, passed away," past participle of an obsolete verb ago "to go forth," formed from a- "away" (perhaps here used as an intensive prefix) + gan "go" (see go (v.)). Agone remains a dialectal variant.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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