Again Definition

Back in response; in return.
Answer again.
Webster's New World
To a previous place, position, or state.
Left home but went back again.
American Heritage
Back into a former position or condition.
He is well again.
Webster's New World
Furthermore; moreover.
Again, we need to collect more data.
American Heritage
Once more; anew.
Try again.
Webster's New World
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.

(obsolete, no longer productive) Prefix meaning again, against, back, or in return.


Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Again

Origin of Again

  • 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 Wiktionary

  • From Middle English agen-, ayen-, from Old English ongēan- (“towards, opposite, against, back, again, anew”). More at again.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English (influenced by Old Norse i gegn again) from Old English ongeagn against

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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