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.

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  • 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.

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  • adv. anew


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)


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