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ago

[uh-goh] /əˈgoʊ/
adjective
1.
gone; gone by; past (usually preceded by a noun):
five days ago.
adverb
2.
in past time; in the past:
All this happened long ago.
Origin of ago
1000
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
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  • 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 Emile Zola
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for ago

ago

/əˈɡəʊ/
adverb
1.
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
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Word Origin and History for ago
adj.

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.

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