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ago Syllabification: a·go
Pronunciation: /əˈɡō/

Definition of ago in English:


(Used after a measurement of time) before the present; earlier: he went five minutes ago as long ago as 1942 not long ago he came across a rattlesnake outside his house
More example sentences
  • She had beaten off the disease five years ago after a melanoma had been found on her leg.
  • He hopes to jog a few memories in January by picking up where he left off five months ago.
  • It was like a minute ago that I talked to Natalie and now I am on my way in my Jaguar to get her.
in the past, before, earlier, back, since, previously
formal heretofore


When ago is followed by a clause, the clause is normally introduced by that rather than since: it was sixty years ago that I left this place (not it was sixty years ago since I left this place). The use of since is redundant and is not correct in standard English.


Middle English ago, agone, past participle of the obsolete verb ago 'pass', used to express passage of time.

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