Definition of again in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈɡɛn/
Pronunciation: /əˈɡeɪn/


1Another time; once more: it was great to meet old friends again
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  • To resort to the good old cliché yet again, one can wait and watch the drama unfold in the days to come.
  • Old friends are met again as new friends leave my social sphere, ringing in the changes.
  • Once again, feel free to listen again and make any adjustments you deem fit.
once more, one more time, another time, a second time, afresh, anew
1.1Returning to a previous position or condition: he rose, tidied the bed, and sat down again
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  • Many may not be in a position to return home again for a number of months or even years.
  • Many times we would stash our gear then return again in a few days if the conditions looked good.
  • Both claim to have enjoyed their stay and are resolved to returning again soon.
1.2In addition to what has already been mentioned: the wages were low but they made half as much again in tips
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  • For every £1 received from members' subscriptions, we have to raise more than twice as much again to fund our charitable activities.
  • The output of the average worker today is twice what it was 50 years ago and will be twice as much again in 50 years time.
  • Old fashioned steel armor weighs twice as much again.
extra, in addition, additionally, over and above, on top, also, too, as well, besides, furthermore, moreover, yet, to boot
1.3 [sentence adverb] Used to introduce a further point for consideration, supporting or contrasting with what has just been said: I never saw any signs, but then again, maybe I wasn’t looking
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  • Then again, consider the vested interest of all those who teach the subject of English literature.
  • Then again, considering what he did with words, maybe it was just a coincidence.
  • Then again, it has decided against introducing a legal limit on the rates of interest charged by lenders.
also, furthermore, further;
moreover, besides
1.4Used to ask someone to repeat something: what was your name again?
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  • I didn’t want to stand out by always being asked, “What did you say again?” or “I beg your pardon?” I had to be alert to the new language I was engaging in.
  • How much did he want again? 2.5 million a year?
  • "So where do you live again?" she asked.


again and again

Example sentences
  • The process repeated itself again and again, driving the siblings to the brink of insanity.
  • The next few seconds are as frightening as the first, and this pattern is repeated again and again.
  • Those who have listened to him once are found to be yearning to watch him perform again and again.
repeatedly, over and over (again), time and (time) again, many times, many a time, on several occasions, often, frequently, recurrently, habitually, continually, persistently, constantly


Old English ongēan, ongægn, etc., of Germanic origin; related to German entgegen 'opposite'.

Words that rhyme with again

Adrienne, amen, Ardennes, Behn, Ben, Benn, Bren, cayenne, Cévennes, Dairen, den, en, fen, gen, glen, Glenn, Guyenne, Gwen, hen, julienne, Karen, ken, Len, Loren, men, Nene, Ogaden, paren, pen, Penn, Phnom Penh, Rennes, Shenzhen, Sun Yat-sen, ten, then, Tlemcen, when, wren, yen, zazen, Zen

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