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  1. in addition; too; besides; as well: He was thin, and he was also tall.
  2. likewise; in the same manner: Since you're having another cup of coffee, I'll have one also.
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  1. and: He was mean, also ugly.
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Origin of also

1125–75; Middle English; Old English (e)alswā all (wholly or quite) so1; the meaning “wholly” thus implies replication and therefore “additionally, besides”


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British Dictionary definitions for also


  1. (sentence modifier) in addition; as well; too
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  1. besides; moreover
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Word Origin

Old English alswā; related to Old High German alsō, Old Frisian alsa; see all, so 1
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Word Origin and History for also


Old English eallswa "just as, even as, as if, so as, likewise," compound of all + so. The demonstrative sense of "similarly" weakened to "in addition to" in 12c., replacing eke. The compound has parallel forms in German also, Dutch alzoo.

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