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From Middle English also, alswo, alswa, (also alse, als, as > English as), from Old English ealswā, eallswā (“completely so, additionally, just as, just so, even as, even so, as, as if, so, so as, likewise, also; likewise, in just the same way”), equivalent to all + so. Cognate with Scots alsa, alswa (“also, even so, in the same way, as, as well”), Saterland Frisian also (“accordingly, therefore, thus”), West Frisian alsa (“so, just so, even so, thus”), Old Saxon alsō (“similarly, as if, just as, when”), Dutch alzo (“so, thus”), German also (“so, thus”), Danish altså (“so”), Swedish alltså (“so, therefore, accordingly, thus, then”). Compare also Swedish också (“also, too, as well”) and Albanian aq sa (“as much as”), compound of aq (“as much”) and sa (“how much, so, as”). See all, so, as.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɔːl.səʊ/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɔl.soʊ/
Audio (US) (file)
- Hyphenation: al‧so
also (not comparable)
- (conjunctive, focus) In addition; besides; as well; further; too. [from 14thc.]
- They had porridge for breakfast, and also toast.
- 1915, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger, chapter I:
- Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; […].
2013 May-June, Katrina G. Claw, “Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3:
- Many genes with reproductive roles also have antibacterial and immune functions, which indicate that the threat of microbial attack on the sperm or egg may be a major influence on rapid evolution during reproduction.
- (obsolete) To the same degree or extent; so, as. [14th-15thc.]
- Dutch: alzo