from

preposition

ˈfrəm How to pronounce from (audio)
ˈfräm,
 also  fəm
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
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
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

Examples of from in a Sentence

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Word History

Etymology

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 the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of from was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“From.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/from. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

from

preposition
(ˈ)frəm How to pronounce from (audio)
ˈfräm
1
used to show a starting or central point
came here from the city
a letter from home
ran a business from home
2
used to show removal or separation
the dictator fell from power
subtract 3 from 9
far from safe
3
used to show a material, source, or cause
a doll made from rags
reading aloud from a book
suffering from a cold

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