- once more; another time; anew; in addition: Will you spell your name again, please?
- in an additional case or instance; moreover; besides; furthermore.
- on the other hand: It might happen, and again it might not.
- back; in return; in reply: to answer again.
- to the same place or person: to return again.
- again and again, with frequent repetition; often: They went over the same arguments again and again.
- as much again, twice as much: She earns as much again as I do.
Origin of again
Examples from the Web for again
Meanwhile, almost exactly 30 years after the trial, the judge left his home to board a steamboat and was never heard from again.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion
January 8, 2015
Again, the difference can seem subtle and sound more like splitting hairs, but the difference is important.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models
January 8, 2015
Then they came up against a police patrol on mountain bicycles, which again led to more shooting, without injuries.Police Hunt for Paris Massacre Suspects
Tracy McNicoll, Christopher Dickey
January 7, 2015
At a press conference today with Scalise, Speaker Boehner again defended him.The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
It went into remission, but it would resurface in 2011; and Scott was able to beat it once again.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott
January 4, 2015
Again he recurred to his early years, and talked fondly of his wife and children.
When the soul was again led into the body, it related all that had happened to it.
"I told him high altitudes and high livin' would do any man—" Again he was silent.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
You see, Uncle Paul, you are growing old and forgetful, and might lock me in again.
He shuddered as he thought how near he had been to never meeting them again on earth.
- another or second time; once more; anewhe had to start again
- once more in a previously experienced or encountered place, state, or conditionhe is ill again; he came back again
- in addition to the original amount, quantity, etc (esp in the phrases as much again; half as much again)
- (sentence modifier) on the other handhe might come and then again he might not
- besides; alsoshe is beautiful and, again, intelligent
- archaic in reply; backhe answered again to the questioning voice
- again and again continuously; repeatedly
- (used with a negative) Caribbean any more; any longerI don't eat pumpkin again
- moreover; furthermoreagain, it could be said that he is not dead
Word Origin and History for again
late Old English agan, from earlier ongean "toward, opposite, against, in exchange for," from on "on" (see on) + -gegn "against, toward," compounded for a sense of "lined up facing, opposite," and "in the opposite direction, returning." For -gegn, cf. Old Norse gegn "straight, direct;" Danish igen "against;" Old Frisian jen, Old High German gegin, German gegen "against, toward," entgegen "against, in opposition to."
In Old English, eft was the main word for "again" (see eftsoons), but this often was strengthened by ongean, which became the principal word by 13c. Norse influence is responsible for the hard -g-. Differentiated from against 16c. in southern writers, again becoming an adverb only, and against taking over as preposition and conjunction, but again clung to all senses in northern and Scottish dialect (where against was not adopted).
Idioms and Phrases with again
In addition to the idiom beginning with again
- again and again
- come again
- do something over again
- ever and again
- every now and again
- here someone goes again
- now and again
- off and on (off again, on again)
- over again
- something else again
- time and time again
- you can say that again