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Nov. 2nd, 2018 | 08:46 am

again (uh-GEN, uh-GAIN) - adv., once more, another time, in addition; back (to a former state or place).


This is an old one, going back to Old English forms āġēan/onġēan/onġeġn, with the range of senses of towards/against/opposite to/contrary to/against/in exchange for/opposite/back/again/anew/also, compounded from on-, on + -gegn against/toward -- a sense that has sort of survived in the construction "but then again $contrary". (At the time, the sense of "another time" was carried by eft, as in eftsoons.)

---L.

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