Definition of ago in English:

ago

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Pronunciation: /əˈgəʊ
 
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adverb

  • Before the present; earlier (used with a measurement of time): he went five minutes ago two years ago his parents moved 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.
    Synonyms
    in the past, before the present, before, earlier, back, in time gone by, since, formerly, previously
    formal heretofore

Phrases

long ago

see long1.

not long ago

see long1.

Origin

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

Usage

When ago is followed by a clause, the clause should be introduced by that rather than since, e.g. 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 not correct in standard English.

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