ˈfrəm How to pronounce from (audio)
 also  fəm
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
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
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
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


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


(ˈ)frəm How to pronounce from (audio)
used to show a starting or central point
came here from the city
a letter from home
ran a business from home
used to show removal or separation
the dictator fell from power
subtract 3 from 9
far from safe
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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