ago

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See also: Ago, AGO, aĝo, and ägo

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English ago, agon (passed), past participle of agon (to depart, escape, pass), from Old English āgān (to go away, pass away, go forth, come to pass), from Proto-Germanic *uz- (out), *gāną (to go), equivalent to a- +‎ gone. Cognate with German ergehen (to come to pass, fare, go forth). Compare also Old Saxon āgangan (to go or pass by), Gothic 𐌿𐍃𐌲𐌰𐌲𐌲𐌰𐌽 (usgaggan, to go forth).

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Adjective[edit]

ago (comparative more ago, superlative most ago)

  1. (archaic or dialectal) Gone; gone by; gone away; passed; passed away.
    in days ago/in days agone
  2. (archaic or dialectal) Nearly gone; dead (used in Devonshire at the turn of the 19th century)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Usually follows the noun.

Preposition[edit]

ago

  1. In the past.
    • 2013 August 10, “Damned if you don’t”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8848: 
      Two years ago a pair of scientists sparked fears of a devastating virus. [They] separately found ways to make a strain of bird flu called H5N1 more contagious. Critics fretted that terrorists might use this knowledge to cook up a biological weapon. American officials ordered that the papers be redacted. Further research was put on hold. But after much debate, the papers were published in full last year.
    I got married ten years ago.   The last slice of cake was gone long ago.

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  • G. A. Cooke, The County of Devon

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Albanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Turkish ağa or Greek άγιος (ágios)

Noun[edit]

ago m

  1. (Gheg, archaic, poetic) god

Esperanto[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈaɡo/
  • Hyphenation: a‧go

Noun[edit]

ago (accusative singular agon, plural agoj, accusative plural agojn)

  1. act, action

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Ido[edit]

Noun[edit]

ago (plural agi)

  1. act, action, deed

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Istriot[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin acus.

Noun[edit]

ago m

  1. needle

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin acus

Noun[edit]

ago m (plural aghi)

  1. needle

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Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

ago

  1. rōmaji reading of あご

Karipúna Creole French[edit]

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Interjection[edit]

ago?

  1. may I come in?

References[edit]

  • 1987, Alfred W. Tobler, Dicionário Crioulo Karipúna/Português Português/Crioulo Karípúna, Summer Institute of Linguistics, page 43.

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *h₂eǵ- (compare Old Irish agid, Ancient Greek ἄγω (ágō, I lead), Old Norse aka (move, drive), Avestan 𐬀𐬰𐬀𐬌𐬙𐬌 (azaiti), Sanskrit अजति (ajati, to drive, propel, cast)).

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Verb[edit]

present active agō, present infinitive agere, perfect active ēgī, supine āctum

  1. I do, act, make.
    • 63 BCE, Cicero, Catiline Orations (Latin text and English translations here)
      Nihil agis, nihil moliris, nihil cogitas quod non ego non modo audiam sed etiam videam planeque sentiam.
      "You do nothing, you plan nothing, you think of nothing which I not only do not hear, but which I do not see and know every particular of."
    • 405, Jerome and others, Vulgate, Paralipomenon II 32:7
      viriliter agite et confortamini nolite timere nec paveatis regem Assyriorum []
      "Act strongly and be courageous. Do not fear nor tremble before the king of Assyria"
  2. I accomplish, manage, achieve.
  3. I perform, transact.
  4. I drive, conduct.
    • 1877, Sophocles (in translation), Electra, in Aeschyli et Sophoclis: Tragoediae et Fragmenta (Paris: Institutiae Franciae Typographo)
      Interea Orestes postremus omnium ultimo loco equos agebat, in fine certam spem victoriae ponens.
      "Meanwhile, Orestes had been driving in last place and holding his horses back, putting his trust in the finish."
  5. I push, move, impel.
  6. I guide, govern, administer.
  7. I discuss, plead, deliberate.
  8. I think upon; I am occupied with.
  9. I stir up, excite, cause, induce.
  10. I chase, pursue.
  11. I drive at, pursue (a course of action).
  12. I rob, steal, plunder, carry off.
  13. (of time) I pass, spend.
  14. (of offerings) I slay, kill (as a sacrifice).
  15. (of plants) I put forth, sprout, extend.

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External links[edit]

  • ago in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879

Samoan[edit]

Noun[edit]

ago

  1. turmeric

Usage notes[edit]

Once cooked, it is called lega.


Võro[edit]

Noun[edit]

ago

  1. twilight

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