again

[ uh-gen, uh-geyn ]
/ əˈgɛn, əˈgeɪn /

adverb

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.

Idioms

    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

before 900; Middle English agayn, ageyn, Old English ongegn opposite (to), equivalent to on on, in (see a-1) + gegn straight; cognate with Old High German ingagan, Old Norse igegn

Pronunciation note

By far the most common pronunciation of again, in all parts of the United States, is [uh-gen] /əˈgɛn/, with the same vowel heard in yet and pep. The pronunciation [uh-geyn] /əˈgeɪn/, rhyming with pain, occurs chiefly in the Atlantic states. Again said as [uh-gin] /əˈgɪn/, with the vowel of pit or sip, or with a vowel somewhere between [e] /ɛ/ and [i] /ɪ/, is the common pronunciation in much of the South, where [e] /ɛ/ and [i] /ɪ/ tend to become neutralized, or more like one another, before [m] /m/ and [n] /n/, leading to a lack of noticeable distinction between such pairs as pen and pin, ten and tin.
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British Dictionary definitions for again

again

/ (əˈɡɛn, əˈɡeɪn) /

adverb

sentence connector

moreover; furthermoreagain, it could be said that he is not dead

Word Origin for again

Old English ongegn opposite to, from a- ² + gegn straight
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Idioms and Phrases with again

again


In addition to the idiom beginning with again

  • again and again

also see:

  • 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
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