\ 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 limits came 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 activity called 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 differentiation protection from the sunrelief from anxiety
3 used as a function word to indicate the source, cause, agent, or basis we conclude from thisa call from my lawyerinherited a love of music from his fatherworked hard from necessity

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Recent Examples on the Web Three rounds totaling nearly $70 billion in federal COVID-19 emergency assistance over the past year pulled transit agencies from the brink of financial collapse as riders steered clear of crowded spaces on subway cars and buses. BostonGlobe.com, 27 July 2021 That ship also set sail from Seattle on a 7-night trip to the state. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 26 July 2021 Gyant said its system has been trained on 17 million patient interactions, pulled from patients using the system. Washington Post, 26 July 2021 But Republican leaders have pulled their members from the panel, leaving only Cheney and Kinzinger as the only GOP members. Benjamin Siegel, ABC News, 26 July 2021 Black households saw the largest jump; their homeschooling rate rose from 3.3% in the spring of 2020 to 16.1% in the fall. David Crary, ajc, 26 July 2021 Telephone calls are answered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 26 July 2021 In the first, published last month in The New England Journal of Medicine, 68% of organ recipients produced antibodies after a third dose of the mRNA vaccine made by Pfizer, up from 40% after two doses. Rachel Fritts, Science | AAAS, 26 July 2021 Beginning his set from a circular contraption mid-air, Scott and his daring antics fueled the 80,000 plus people in attendance. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 25 July 2021

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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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“From.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/from. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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 point a letter from homeSchool 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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