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

Definition of from

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 limitscame here from the citya week from todaycost from $5 to $10
b used as a function word to indicate the starting or focal point of an activitycalled me from a pay phoneran 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 differentiationprotection from the sunrelief from anxiety
3 used as a function word to indicate the source, cause, agent, or basiswe conclude from thisa call from my lawyerinherited a love of music from his fatherworked hard from necessity

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First Known Use of from

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

History and Etymology for 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

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28 Jul 2020

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“From.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/from. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce from (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of from

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
\ frəm How to pronounce from (audio) , ˈfrəm, ˈfräm \

Kids Definition of from

1 used to show a starting pointa letter from homeSchool starts a week from today.He spoke from the heart.
2 used to show a point of separationThe balloon escaped from her grasp.
3 used to show a material, source, or causeThe doll was made from rags.The author read from his book.He's suffering from a cold.

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