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Using apt or aptitude to get version information about an uninstalled package?

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – I'm looking to install a package, but I'd like to make sure that I can't get a more recent version than, per se, a PPA. Is there an aptitude or apt-get command that will enable me to input a package name and have it dump out the version information? (HowTos)