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[uh-gen, uh-geyn] /əˈgɛn, əˈgeɪn/
adverb
1.
once more; another time; anew; in addition:
Will you spell your name again, please?
2.
in an additional case or instance; moreover; besides; furthermore.
3.
on the other hand:
It might happen, and again it might not.
4.
back; in return; in reply:
to answer again.
5.
to the same place or person:
to return again.
Idioms
6.
again and again, with frequent repetition; often:
They went over the same arguments again and again.
7.
as much again, twice as much:
She earns as much again as I do.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English agayn, ageyn, Old English ongegn opposite (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/ (Show IPA)
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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  • First, consider the possibility that you might fail again.
  • Also, take out all the proper nouns, and read the article again.
  • Carefully note what they do when they reach the ground again after crossing the obstruction.
  • Thus again strictly limiting any epiphenomenal dualism allowed in this metaphysic.
  • Several attempts have been made to link the world again through a global language.
  • Instead, they will revert to their natural inclination and commence fall bloom once again.
  • After three fairly dismal years, the window is again open for initial public offerings of technology stocks.
  • It is uncertain how soon or how fast the oil will start gurgling again.
  • There they will be free to roam again for another year.
  • Rinse well under cold running water until cool, then drain again.
British Dictionary definitions for again

again

/əˈɡɛn; əˈɡeɪn/
adverb
1.
another or second time; once more; anew: he had to start again
2.
once more in a previously experienced or encountered place, state, or condition: he is ill again, he came back again
3.
in addition to the original amount, quantity, etc (esp in the phrases as much again; half as much again)
4.
(sentence modifier) on the other hand: he might come and then again he might not
5.
besides; also: she is beautiful and, again, intelligent
6.
(archaic) in reply; back: he answered again to the questioning voice
7.
again and again, continuously; repeatedly
8.
(used with a negative) (Caribbean) any more; any longer: I don't eat pumpkin again
sentence connector
9.
moreover; furthermore: again, it could be said that he is not dead
Word Origin
Old English ongegn opposite to, from a-² + gegn straight
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Word Origin and History for again
adv.

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).

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