- 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
Examples from the Web for ago
The JMG office that just a few days ago received victims of human rights abuse is now empty, covered in black ash.Putin’s Favorite Acolyte Terrorizes Human Rights Activists
December 14, 2014
Yes, that was a while ago, but in the Middle East, after all, 45 years is no time at all.The Strange Case of the Christian Zionist Terrorist
December 14, 2014
Yates told the Mars Hill staff: I just got off the phone a little while ago with Kevin Small.How the Religious Right Scams Its Way Onto the New York Times Bestseller List
November 16, 2014
Moss started the blog in 2007, having moved to New York from a small, working-class New England town “around 20 years” ago.The End of New York: How One Blog Tracks the Disappearance of a Vibrant City
August 6, 2014
I did once see a pack of wolves try to bring down a bison at decade or so ago.American Wilderness Faces the Firing Squad
July 6, 2014
What did you mean, then--a little while ago--in the armoury?Viviette
William J. Locke
A while ago I thought to have been as eager for flight as you are.The Dream
Remember what we said a little while ago, about fancy and spontaneous affections.
It's a great while ago, but I remember it as well as if it was yesterday.
"You spoke a while ago as if you didn't trust him implicitly," she said.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
- in the pastfive years ago; long ago
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.