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preposition un·til \ən-ˈtil, -ˈtel; ˈən-ˌ, -təl\

Simple Definition of until

  • : up to (a particular time)

  • —used to indicate the time when something will happen, become true, etc.

Full Definition of until

  1. 1 chiefly Scottish :  to

  2. 2 —used as a function word to indicate continuance (as of an action or condition) to a specified time <stayed until morning>

  3. 3 :  before 2 <not available until tomorrow> <we don't open until ten>

Origin of until

Middle English, from un- (probably from Old Norse *und up to; akin to Old Norse unz up to, until, Old High German unt, Old English ende end) + til, till till


First Known Use: 13th century


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until

conjunction un·til

Simple Definition of until

  • : up to the time or point that

Full Definition of until

  1. :  up to the time that :  up to such time as <play continued until it got dark> <never able to relax until he took up fishing> <ran until she was breathless>

Examples of until

  1. We played until it got dark.

  2. Keep going until I tell you to stop.

  3. I ran until I was breathless.

  4. Stay here until the danger has passed.

  5. Stir the dough until it forms a ball.



14th Century

First Known Use of until

14th century



UNTIL Defined for Kids

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until

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preposition un·til \ən-ˈtil\

Definition of until

  1. :  up to the time of <I worked until noon.>




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until

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conjunction un·til

Definition of until

  1. :  up to the time that <Wait until I call.>




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