American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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 the time that: like against, conj.
- prep. obsolete Against.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. In return, back.
- adv. Another time; once more; anew.
- adv. Once repeated; -- of quantity.
- adv. Archaic In any other place.
- adv. On the other hand.
- adv. Moreover; besides; further.
- prep. obsolete Against; also, towards (in order to meet).
- adv. anew.
- 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)
- Middle English (influenced by Old Norse i gegn, again), from Old English ongeagn, against. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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 ”
““Sitting again awn the lap of God.” *muffled sound ov purrson traing nawt to crai again*”
“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*”
“After a while, she caught the blur for a moment again, lost it again .”
““I had a feeling … And when you saw him again, after twenty years, all the old jealousy built up again … ””
“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_.”
“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”
“But would Age be young again merely _to grow old again_?”
“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.”
“Down the line galloped Mr. Grundy again, stopped, bowed, "swung with the left," and _bowed again_.”
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