Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Once more; anew: Try again.
  • adv. To a previous place, position, or state: left home but went back again.
  • adv. Furthermore; moreover: Again, we need to collect more data.
  • adv. On the other hand: She might go, and again she might not.
  • adv. In return; in response: paid him again.
  • idiom again and again Repeatedly; frequently.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • prep. Against.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In return, back.
  • adv. Another time; once more; anew.
  • adv. Once repeated; -- of quantity.
  • adv. In any other place.
  • adv. On the other hand.
  • adv. Moreover; besides; further.
  • prep. Against; also, towards (in order to meet).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of motion or direction: Back: in the opposite direction; to or toward a former or the original position; to the same place or person: often strengthened with back.
  • Of action: Back; in return; in reply, response, answer, echo.
  • Of action or fact as related to time, or of time simply: Once more; in addition; another time; anew: marking repetition
  • Of action or existence: as, to do anything again; he had to make it all over again.
  • Of number or quantity: only in the phrases as much or as many again (= twice as much or as many), half as much again (= once and a half as much), etc.
  • Of kind or character: marking resemblance.
  • Of succession of thought: Once more; in continuation; in an additional case or instance; moreover; besides (marking transition); on the other hand (marking contrast).
  • Against.
  • Against the time that: like against, conj.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. anew

Etymologies

Middle English (influenced by Old Norse i gegn, again), from Old English ongeagn, against.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It delivered me to this unknown rock, where trees meet on hill-tops to tangle dark branches under fog shot with dankness and blight, and I am always welcome because I am the only one — and the funny birds who tell no jokes, and the giant bile-squirting flowers, and the delirious prancing monkeys, and I have nothing in particular to say, and I say it again and again 

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  • “Sitting again awn the lap of God.” *muffled sound ov purrson traing nawt to crai again*

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  • Right now I'm listening to "Strawberry Gashes" and being once again stunned that Ryan doesn't see this as a happy song ... it's so pretty and it leaves my blood racing and my entire body trembling with the need to touch him. * shrugs again*

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  • After a while, she caught the blur for a moment again, lost it again .

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  • “I had a feeling  …   And when you saw him again, after twenty years, all the old jealousy built up again  …  ”

    Maigret and the Loner

  • And the third thing was that Gibreel Farishta opened his eyes to find himself collapsed, once again, on Alleluia Cone's doorstep, begging her forgiveness, weeping _O God, it happened, it really happened again_.

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  • It was a terrible strain on me to keep her at school, ma'am, and again and _again_ I've thought I couldn't stand it, what with her being in the shop only in the afternoon, and the washing, and trying to keep her clothes always nice; though she's been as good as

    Lippincott's Magazine, October 1885

  • But would Age be young again merely _to grow old again_?

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  • And again I sunk into visions of Ligeia -- and again (what marvel that I shudder while I write?), _again_ there reached my ears a low sob from the region of the ebony bed.

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  • Down the line galloped Mr. Grundy again, stopped, bowed, "swung with the left," and _bowed again_.

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