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

: up to (a particular time)

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

Full Definition of UNTIL

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



: up to the time or point that

Full Definition of UNTIL

:  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.

First Known Use of UNTIL

14th century


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