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preposition \ˈfrəm, ˈfräm also fəm\

Definition of from

  1. 1a —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 $10b —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


FROM Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of from for English Language Learners

  • —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


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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