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[awl-soh] /ˈɔl soʊ/
in addition; too; besides; as well:
He was thin, and he was also tall.
likewise; in the same manner:
Since you're having another cup of coffee, I'll have one also.
He was mean, also ugly.
Origin of also
1125-75; Middle English; Old English (e)alswā all (wholly or quite) so1; the meaning all so “wholly” thus implies replication, and therefore “additionally, besides”
1. moreover. Unabridged
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  • In addition to obvious categories such as race, geography can also be a factor.
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  • Environmental experts also point out that tree farms provide oxygen, diminish carbon dioxide and create jobs.
  • They also connected the neurons to a robot and tried to teach the brain to track and approach objects.
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  • When the harvest is over, seeds are also stored for the next crop.
  • For many flowering perennials, trimming and pinching also improve appearance.
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  • They're also home to a number of endemic plants and birds.
British Dictionary definitions for also


(sentence modifier) in addition; as well; too
sentence connector
besides; moreover
Word Origin
Old English alswā; related to Old High German alsō, Old Frisian alsa; see all, so1
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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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