Definition of again adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈɡen//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈɡen//
    ; BrE BrE//əˈɡeɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈɡeɪn//
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  1. 1  one more time; on another occasion Could you say it again, please? When will I see you again? This must never happen again. Once again (= as had happened several times before), the train was late. I've told you again and again (= many times) not to do that. I'll have to write it all over again (= again from the beginning).
  2. 2  showing that somebody/something is in the same place or state that they were in originally He was glad to be home again. She spends two hours a day getting to work and back again. You'll soon feel well again.
  3. 3added to an amount that is already there The cost is about half as much again as it was two years ago. I'd like the same again (= the same amount or the same thing).
  4. 4used to show that a comment or fact is connected with what you have just said And again, we must think of the cost.
  5. 5then/there again used to introduce a fact or an opinion that contrasts with what you have just said We might buy it but then again we might not.
  6. 6used when you ask somebody to tell you something or repeat something that you think they have told you already What was the name again?
  7. Word OriginOld English ongēan, ongægn, etc., of Germanic origin; related to German entgegen ‘opposite’.Idioms
    (every) now and again/then
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     from time to time; occasionally Every now and again she checked to see if he was still asleep.
     (informal) used to ask somebody to serve you the same drink as before Same again, please!
    time after time, time and (time) again
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    often; on many or all occasions You will get a perfect result time after time if you follow these instructions.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: again