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UK [əˈɡen] / US adverb
Summary:

Again is used in the following ways: - as an adverb: I love that tune. Play it again. - as a way of showing how a sentence is related to what has already been said: Tomatoes are easy to grow. But, again, they need to be protected from frost.
1)
a) used for saying that something happens or someone does something one more time when it has already happened or been done before

You'll have to tell me again – I wasn't listening.

If you fail the exam you will have to take it again.

all over again (= a second time from the beginning):

Oh no, now I'll have to start all over again.

b) spoken used for asking someone to repeat something that they told you before, especially because you have forgotten what they said

That friend of yours – what's her name again?

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See:
once, yet
2) used for saying that someone or something is in the same state or condition they were in before something happened

I turned over and went back to sleep again.

The streets of the city are quiet again.

3) used for adding a statement that supports what you have already said, or is similar to something you said earlier

The law on copyright is still unclear. And again, it's a complex issue.

half/twice etc as much again — used for comparing two amounts and saying how much more one amount is than the other

A house in London costs half as much again as a house in Edinburgh.

then/there again — mainly spoken used for introducing a statement that makes what you have just said seem less true, or that is the opposite of what you have just said

I suppose Elaine might help; then again she might not.

The hotel was awful. But then again, you can't expect much for £20 a night.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Again — A*gain (?; 277), adv. [OE. agein, agayn, AS. ongegn, onge[ a]n, against, again; on + ge[ a]n, akin to Ger. gegewn against, Icel. gegn. Cf. {Gainsay}.] 1. In return, back; as, bring us word again. [1913 Webster] 2. Another time; once more; anew.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Again — is the title of the following songs or albums: * Again (1949 song), recorded by many singers including Doris Day, Vic Damone and Vera Lynn * Again (1993 album), by Alan Stivell * Again (Alice in Chains song), by Alice in Chains * Again (2002… …   Wikipedia

  • again — [ə gen′; ] also, esp. Cdn & Brit [, əgān′] adv. [ME agen, ayein < OE ongegn, ongean < on , up to, toward + gegn, direct: orig. separable prefix meaning “directly up to,” hence, “facing, opposite”] 1. Rare back in response; in return [answer …   English World dictionary

  • Again — Single par Yui Sakakibara Face A Again Face B Beautiful day Sortie 25 octobre 2006 …   Wikipédia en Français

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  • again — (adv.) late O.E. agan, from earlier ongean toward, opposite, against, in exchange for, from on on (see ON (Cf. on)) + gegn against, toward, compounded for a sense of lined up facing, opposite, and in the opposite direction, returning. For gegn,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • again — [adv1] another time; repeated afresh, anew, anon, bis, come again, encore, freshly, newly, once more, one more time, over, over and over, recurrently, reiteratively, repeatedly; concepts 553,799 again [adv2] in addition additionally, also,… …   New thesaurus

  • Again — A*gain , Agains A*gains , prep. Against; also, towards (in order to meet). [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Albeit that it is again his kind. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • again — index anew, de novo Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • again — ► ADVERB 1) once more. 2) returning to a previous position or condition. 3) in addition to what has already been mentioned. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • again — a|gain W1S1 [əˈgen, əˈgeın US əˈgen] adv [: Old English; Origin: ongean opposite, back ] 1.) one more time used when something has happened or been done before ▪ Can you say that again? I didn t hear. ▪ I ll never go there again. ▪ Mr Khan s busy …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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