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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. 2018.
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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


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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