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[uh-goh] /əˈgoʊ/
gone; gone by; past (usually preceded by a noun):
five days ago.
in past time; in the past:
All this happened long ago.
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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.
  • It seems to me a book that somebody should have written a century ago.
  • They started slow long ago, head to toe, healthy, wealthy and wise.
  • Geological evidence indicates it was deliberately buried four million years ago.
  • Public and private buildings were dismantled and the stone reused centuries ago.
  • It was not, after all, so very long ago, but no one could make that journey today.
  • But about thirty years ago, credit rolls began to grow greatly in length.
British Dictionary definitions for ago


in the past: five years ago, long ago
Usage note
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
Word Origin
C14 ago, from Old English āgān to pass away
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Word Origin and History for ago

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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