ago

[uh-goh]
adjective
1.
gone; gone by; past (usually preceded by a noun): five days ago.
adverb
2.
in past time; in the past: All this happened long ago.

Origin:
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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ago (əˈɡəʊ)
 
adv
in the past: five years ago; long ago
 
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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ago
early 14c., shortened form of O.E. agan, agone "departed, passed away," pp. of an obs. verb formed from a- "away" (perhaps here used as an intensive prefix) + gan "go." Agone remains a dial. variant.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
AGO
American Gastroenterological Organization
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Example sentences for ago
Being proisrael is no defense, as i long ago learned to my cost.
She was created by a group of shamans thousands of years ago.
Is a trend, just the same as he faced when he started years ago.
Billions of years ago, the extraterrestrial tath ki was born in the coal sack
  nebula.
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