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 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 —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
First Known Use: before 12th century
FROM Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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