- Again is defined as returning to a place.
Going to the store and coming back home is an example of coming back again.
- Again means something that is repeated.
A football team running a play one more time is an example of running a play again.
- Rare back in response; in return: answer again
- back into a former position or condition: he is well again
- once more; anew: try again
- besides; further: again, we should note
- on the other hand; from the contrary standpoint: he may, and then again he may not
- Obs. in the opposite direction; back
Origin of againMiddle English agen, ayein ; from Old English ongegn, ongean ; from on-, up to, toward + gegn, direct: origin, originally separable prefix meaning “directly up to,” hence, “facing, opposite”
again and again
as much again
- Once more; anew: Try again.
- To a previous place, position, or state: left home but went back again.
- Furthermore; moreover: Again, we need to collect more data.
- On the other hand: She might go, and again she might not.
- In return; in response: paid him again.
Origin of againMiddle English (influenced by Old Norse i gegn, again), from Old English ongeagn, against.
- Back (to a former place or state). [from 11th c.]
- We need to bring the old customs to life again.
- The South will rise again.
- 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.31:
- So women are never angrie, but to the end a man should againe be angrie with them, therein imitating the lawes of Love.
- 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, I.2.4.vii:
- Thus men are plagued with women, they again with men, when they are of diverse humours and conditions […]
- 1852-3, Charles Dickens, Bleak House
- As he lies in the light before a glaring white target, the black upon him shines again […]
- Another time; once more. [from 14th c.]
- Over and above a factor of one. [from 16th c.]
- Used metalinguistically, with the repetition being in the discussion, or in the linguistic or pragmatic context of the discussion, rather than in the subject of discussion. [from 16th c.]
- Great, thanks again!
- Tell me again, say again; used in asking a question to which one may have already received the answer, but cannot remember it.
- What's that called, again?
- I ask again, I say again; used in repeating a question or statement.
- Again, I'm not criticizing, I just want to understand.
- Here too, here also, in this case as well; used in applying a previously made point to a new instance; sometimes preceded by "here".
- Approach B is better than approach A in many respects, but again, there are difficulties in implementing it.
- Moreover; besides; further.
- 1924, J H Wilkinson, Leeds Dialect Glossary and Lore, page 60
- Ah'd like to wahrn (warn) thi agaan 'evvin owt to dew wi' that chap.
- 2003, Glasgow Sunday Herald, page 16, column 2:
- You may think you are all on the same side, agin the government.
From Middle English again, ayain, anȝen, from Old English onġēan (“towards, against, opposite to, contrary to, against, in exchange for, opposite, back, again, anew, also”), equivalent to a- + gain (“against”). Cognate with Danish igen (“again”), Swedish igen (“again, back”).
From Middle English agen-, ayen-, from Old English ongēan- (“towards, opposite, against, back, again, anew”). More at again.