from

preposition \ ˈfrəm , ˈfräm also fəm \

Definition of from

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

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


FROM Defined for English Language Learners

from

preposition

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

from

preposition \ frəm , ˈfrəm , ˈfräm \

Definition of from for Students

1 used to show a starting point
  • a letter from home
  • School starts a week from today.
  • He spoke from the heart.
2 used to show a point of separation
  • The balloon escaped from her grasp.
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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