ago

[uh-goh]

adjective

gone; gone by; past (usually preceded by a noun): five days ago.

adverb

in past time; in the past: All this happened long ago.

Nearby words

  1. agnon, s. y.,
  2. agnosia,
  3. agnostic,
  4. agnosticism,
  5. agnus dei,
  6. agog,
  7. agogic,
  8. agogics,
  9. agomphosis,
  10. agon

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

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British Dictionary definitions for ago

ago

adverb

in the pastfive years ago; long ago

Word Origin for ago

C14 ago, from Old English āgān to pass away

usage

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

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Word Origin and History for ago

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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