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preposition \ˈfrəm, ˈfräm also fəm\

Simple Definition of from

  • —used to indicate the starting point of a physical movement or action

  • —used to indicate the place that something comes out of

  • —used to indicate the place where someone lives or was born

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of from

  1. 1 a —used as a function word to indicate a starting point of a physical movement or a starting point in measuring or reckoning or in a statement of limits <came here from the city> <a week from today> <cost from $5 to $10> b —used as a function word to indicate the starting or focal point of an activity <called me from a pay phone> <ran a business from her home>

  2. 2 —used as a function word to indicate physical separation or an act or condition of removal, abstention, exclusion, release, subtraction, or differentiation <protection from the sun> <relief from anxiety>

  3. 3 —used as a function word to indicate the source, cause, agent, or basis <we conclude from this> <a call from my lawyer> <inherited a love of music from his father> <worked hard from necessity>

Origin and Etymology of from

Middle English, from Old English from, fram; akin to Old High German fram, adverb, forth, away, Old English faran to go — more at fare


First Known Use: before 12th century

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FROM Defined for Kids

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preposition \frəm, ˈfrəm, ˈfräm\

Definition of from for Students

  1. 1 —used to show a starting point <a letter from home> <School starts a week from today.> <He spoke from the heart.>

  2. 2 —used to show a point of separation <The balloon escaped from her grasp.>

  3. 3 —used to show a material, source, or cause <The doll was made from rags.> <The author read from his book.> <He's suffering from a cold.>




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