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Definition of again adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

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again

adverb
/əˈɡɛn/ again pronunciation American
 
1 one more time; on another occasionCould 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 showing that someone or something is in the same place or state that they were in originallyHe was glad to be home again.She spends two hours a day getting to work and back again.You'll feel well again soon.3 used to show that a comment or fact is connected with what you have just saidAnd again, we must think of the cost.4 then/there again used to introduce a fact or an opinion that contrasts with what you have just saidWe might buy it, but then again, we might not.5 used when you ask someone to tell you something or repeat something that you think they have told you alreadyWhat was the name again?IDIOMS

(every) now and again/then

from time to time; occasionally
Every now and again she checked to see if he was still asleep.now and againevery now and againnow and thenevery now and then

against time

if you do something against time, you do it as fast as you can because you do not have much time
They're working against time to try and get people out of the rubble alive.against time