adv. & adj.
1. Gone by; past: two years ago.
2. In the past: It happened ages ago.
[Middle English, past participle of agon, to go away, from Old English āgān : ā-, intensive pref. + gān, to go; see ghē- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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