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  • 1Another time; once more.

    ‘it was great to meet old friends again’
    • ‘To resort to the good old cliché yet again, one can wait and watch the drama unfold in the days to come.’
    • ‘Old friends are met again as new friends leave my social sphere, ringing in the changes.’
    • ‘Once again, feel free to listen again and make any adjustments you deem fit.’
    • ‘This was brought home to me yet again the other day by a Japanese friend, a young man.’
    • ‘Once the woman was gone and the door was closed once again, Jeremiah grinned again.’
    • ‘Yet again, we're being offered a product to meet a need that doesn't exist.’
    • ‘The fault lies clearly, yet again, with inefficient and inept council officers and management.’
    • ‘But now it is clear that, yet again, entertainment is being confused with education.’
    • ‘That's when he was hit by thieves yet again when somebody broke the trailer loose from the truck.’
    • ‘He was delighted to be re-elected and delighted to have topped the poll yet again.’
    • ‘He stands up yet again, pats several pockets and produces a large, heavy object on an impressive gold chain.’
    • ‘In the past, promises have been made, kept and broken, and they are being made yet again.’
    • ‘But if the national theatre model has to be reworked yet again, a decision could be months away.’
    • ‘The adage that there are no permanent enemies in politics has been proved true yet again today.’
    • ‘I was listened to with interest and was invited to return again when more of the workers were present.’
    • ‘Later that day he returned again, shame-faced, and said he wanted to give the money back.’
    • ‘I wrote again asking that they provide the full copies of the records as requested.’
    • ‘The next day I saw him again on the way back from the beach.’
    • ‘We met again, after two months – the next time she came to Dorset.’
    • ‘I saw them again the following night, and they were every bit as good the second time.’
    once more, one more time, another time, a second time, afresh, anew
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    1. 1.1Returning to a previous position or condition.
      ‘he rose, tidied the bed, and sat down again’
      • ‘Many may not be in a position to return home again for a number of months or even years.’
      • ‘Many times we would stash our gear then return again in a few days if the conditions looked good.’
      • ‘Both claim to have enjoyed their stay and are resolved to returning again soon.’
      • ‘She remained for eight years and returned again later for a further four years.’
      • ‘They hope that all visitors were impressed and made welcome and that they will return again.’
      • ‘They believe that their prayers are granted and return again to express their thanks.’
      • ‘Return again to the ridge cairn and go right, then bear right, away from the valley leading straight down.’
      • ‘If elected, I would hope to ensure that the unions did not find themselves in that position again.’
      • ‘I went on two train journeys, the first to go and visit my mother, and the second to return to London again.’
      • ‘As I moved through them they swirled around me like smoke, taking up position again.’
      • ‘We didn't have any luck with the copy and have to return again tomorrow morning.’
      • ‘He returned again to Scotland after six years of exile, and lived for some time in the Castle.’
      • ‘The animal was returned to the water again but following veterinary advice had to be put down.’
      • ‘Hold the stretch for three seconds then go back to start position and stretch again.’
      • ‘They are presently out on the road breaking in the new band before returning to the studio again.’
      • ‘If you were to come up there with me, you would not be able to return to live here again.’
      • ‘Most of them did not return to their beds again as they were afraid of powerful aftershocks.’
      • ‘And it looks as if we will have a long wait before the prodigal son returns again to play in Scotland.’
      • ‘He told her to return to his bedroom, that she was a bad girl, and that she could not return again.’
      • ‘She went on to declare that she will be returning again after being sent back to Cambodia.’
    2. 1.2In addition to what has already been mentioned.
      ‘the wages were low but they made half as much again in tips’
      • ‘For every £1 received from members' subscriptions, we have to raise more than twice as much again to fund our charitable activities.’
      • ‘The output of the average worker today is twice what it was 50 years ago and will be twice as much again in 50 years time.’
      • ‘Old fashioned steel armor weighs twice as much again.’
      • ‘A man, woman, and child could reap a field in 30 hours, the man doing half as much again as the woman, and the woman two-thirds as much again as the child.’
      • ‘The present steam process for generating hydrogen is far from competitive with fossil fuels, and electrolysis costs about three times as much again.’
      • ‘Even when a fund has invested the initial equity it raised, this is usually only the tip of the iceberg because most funds plan to use debt to invest about four times as much again.’
      • ‘By the middle of the nineteenth century there were twice as many; by the early twentieth century twice as many again.’
      • ‘At the second gig there were twice as many people as the first gig, and at the third gig there was twice as many again.’
      • ‘One herd numbered thirty or more, water buffalo perhaps two or three times as many again.’
      • ‘Every year an between 20 and 40 motorcycle riders die on the UK's roads, with ten times as many again suffering serious injury.’
      extra, in addition, additionally, over and above, on top, also, too, as well, besides, furthermore, moreover, yet, to boot
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    3. 1.3sentence adverb Used to introduce a further point for consideration, supporting or contrasting with what has just been said.
      ‘I never saw any signs, but then again, maybe I wasn't looking’
      • ‘Then again, consider the vested interest of all those who teach the subject of English literature.’
      • ‘Then again, considering what he did with words, maybe it was just a coincidence.’
      • ‘Then again, it has decided against introducing a legal limit on the rates of interest charged by lenders.’
      • ‘Then again, I might find that counselling would do me more harm than good.’
      • ‘Then again, if you had this much ammunition, you probably wouldn't be too bothered about dressing up.’
      • ‘But, then again, where would all the corporate guests go to sip champagne and eat lobster?’
      • ‘Then again, they do live in one of the most beautiful places on earth.’
      • ‘Then again, is this seemingly eternal squabbling over the qualifying system really necessary?’
      • ‘Then again when the trees are pruned, it needs to be done scientifically and in a balanced manner.’
      • ‘Then again, we've all been guilty of being materialistic at some time in our life.’
      • ‘But then again it is her fault for snooping and forcing people to tell her the truth.’
      • ‘Then again, children are, in many ways, tougher than adults, and it may haunt them less than it has haunted me.’
      • ‘Then again, he hates the idea of getting married in front of a bunch of people.’
      • ‘Then again, I'm increasingly dubious about the chemicals we apply to our skin.’
      • ‘Then again, they probably wouldn't have signed up for the show in the first place.’
      • ‘Then again, it's not only the sense of community that draws these artists together.’
      • ‘Then again, if he is so intent on saving face, on keeping his gentlemanly reputation, why isn't he here?’
      • ‘Then again, telling the truth about this idea is not exactly going to bring the votes pouring in.’
      • ‘Then again, perhaps it's the market that's keeping the publishers in business.’
      • ‘But then again, I suppose it's not something someone says to you every day of the week.’
      also, furthermore, further
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    4. 1.4Used to ask someone to repeat something.
      ‘what was your name again?’
      • ‘I didn’t want to stand out by always being asked, “What did you say again?” or “I beg your pardon?” I had to be alert to the new language I was engaging in.’
      • ‘How much did he want again? 2.5 million a year?’
      • ‘"So where do you live again?" she asked.’
      • ‘He reminds me of someone...what's his name again?’
      • ‘"Where do they live again?" Terra snarled and almost wildly looked around, "I haven't been here for some time..."’
      • ‘Wait, what's your name again?’
      • ‘Then, the next time I visit my family asks, "So, what do you do again?"’
      • ‘“What did he say again?” I ask. “He told me that I needed to learn more about dancing."’
      • ‘The only way to handle these situations is to actually be honest and just ask "I'm really sorry I forgot, but what's your name again?"’
      • ‘These were inevitably forgotten or misunderstood, and I would be asked again at the next social occasion: “What do you do again?”’



/əˈɡɛn/ /əˈɡeɪn/


    again and again
    • Repeatedly.

      ‘The process repeated itself again and again, driving the siblings to the brink of insanity.’
      • ‘The next few seconds are as frightening as the first, and this pattern is repeated again and again.’
      • ‘Those who have listened to him once are found to be yearning to watch him perform again and again.’
      • ‘Sally, the makeup artist, is called again and again to retouch the masterpiece.’
      • ‘Despite endless trips around the island by boat trying to sneak up on the beasts, they ran off again and again.’
      • ‘That is why technicians warn the public again and again not to open dubious emails.’
      • ‘An accountant is worried that he will miscount money, so he counts it again and again.’
      • ‘I used to tell her again and again not to open the door to people at night.’
      • ‘Few were deceived, but it does not prevent the same trick being used again and again.’
      • ‘There were also tales of people commissioning numerous surveys only to be outbid again and again.’


Old English ongēan, ongægn, etc., of Germanic origin; related to German entgegen ‘opposite’.