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adverb \ˈsin(t)s\

Simple Definition of since

  • : from a past time until now

  • : after a time in the past

  • : before the present time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of since

  1. 1 :  from a definite past time until now <has stayed there ever since>

  2. 2 :  before the present time :  ago <long since dead>

  3. 3 :  after a time in the past :  subsequently <has since become rich>

Examples of since in a sentence

  1. She graduated four years ago and has since married.

  2. He left home two years ago and has since become a soldier.



Origin and Etymology of since

Middle English sins, contraction of sithens, from sithen, from Old English siththan, from sīth tham after that, from sīth after, late + tham, dative of thæt that; akin to Old High German sīd later and perhaps to Latin setius to a lesser degree


First Known Use: 15th century


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since

conjunction

Simple Definition of since

  • : in the period after the time when

  • : from the time in the past when

  • —used to introduce a statement that explains the reason for another statement

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of since

  1. 1 :  at a time in the past after or later than <has held two jobs since he graduated> :  from the time in the past when <ever since I was a child>

  2. 2 obsolete :  when

  3. 3 :  in view of the fact that :  because <since it was raining she took an umbrella>

Examples of since in a sentence

  1. We've played better since you joined the team.

  2. He has had two jobs since he graduated.

  3. He hasn't ridden a bike since he was a boy.

  4. They haven't won a championship since Truman was President.



15th Century

First Known Use of since

15th century


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since

preposition

Simple Definition of since

  • : in the time after (a specified time or event in the past) : from (a point in the past) until the present time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of since

  1. :  in the period after a specified time in the past :  from a specified time in the past

Examples of since in a sentence

  1. I haven't seen him since yesterday.

  2. I haven't eaten since breakfast.

  3. Since the party, she has not spoken to him at all.

  4. The company has been in its present location since the beginning of the century.

  5. We've been waiting for you since 10 o'clock.



Circa 1530

First Known Use of since

circa 1530



SINCE Defined for Kids

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adverb \ˈsins\

Definition of since for Students

  1. 1 :  from a definite past time until now <He moved and hasn't returned since.>

  2. 2 :  before the present time :  ago <The poet is long since dead.>

  3. 3 :  after a time in the past <She has since become rich.>




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conjunction

Definition of since for Students

  1. 1 :  in the period after <We've played better since you joined the team.>

  2. 2 :  because <Since you have finished your work, you may go.>




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preposition

Definition of since for Students

  1. 1 :  in the period after <I haven't seen them since last week.>

  2. 2 :  continuously from <We have lived here since I was born.>





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