since

adverb
\ ˈsin(t)s How to pronounce since (audio) \

Definition of since

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : from a definite past time until now has stayed there ever since
2 : before the present time : ago long since dead
3 : after a time in the past : subsequently has since become rich

since

conjunction

Definition of since (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : at a time in the past after or later than has held two jobs since he graduated : from the time in the past when ever since I was a child
2 obsolete : when
3 : in view of the fact that : because since it was raining she took an umbrella

since

preposition

Definition of since (Entry 3 of 3)

: in the period after a specified time in the past : from a specified time in the past

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Synonyms & Antonyms for since

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Conjunction

Antonyms: Adverb

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Examples of since in a Sentence

Adverb She graduated four years ago and has since married. He left home two years ago and has since become a soldier. Conjunction We've played better since you joined the team. He has had two jobs since he graduated. He hasn't ridden a bike since he was a boy. They haven't won a championship since Truman was President. Preposition I haven't seen him since yesterday. I haven't eaten since breakfast. Since the party, she has not spoken to him at all. The company has been in its present location since the beginning of the century. We've been waiting for you since 10 o'clock.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Houston: If Watson does get traded or spends a good chunk of the season on the commissioner’s Exempt List, the Texans will start the season with Tyrod Taylor, who started 43 games from 2015-17 but just four since. BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2021 The doughnut company priced its IPO below expectations, and its shares have hovered around their IPO price of $17 since. Heather Haddon, WSJ, 17 July 2021 Park has since departed, but Rosales has stayed on to cook a new menu featuring pork belly sandwiches, furikake fries smothered in melted cheese, and buttermilk marinaded chicken nuggets. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 16 July 2021 Relations between Twitter and Modi's government have gone downhill ever since. Arkansas Online, 16 July 2021 The NBC Sports IndyCar analyst and former bad boy driver has milked the feud ever since, using Instagram as his preferred platform. Jenna Fryer, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 Has everybody been asking you about that rubber suit since? Nick Romano, EW.com, 16 July 2021 For the first time in the pandemic, the daily death toll exceeded 700 last Tuesday and has remained at that level ever since. Daria Litvinova, ajc, 15 July 2021 Relations between Twitter and Mr. Modi’s government have gone downhill ever since. Sheikh Saaliq And Krutika Pathi, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition But like every step before it, Ocando prevailed. His fight continued and since then, Ocando has acted as a legal consultant for the Venezuelan soccer league, Go Pro Sports Management and now teaches sports law at Florida Global University. Drake Hills, azcentral, 27 Aug. 2019 What have been the biggest or most provocative questions for you since then? Quanta Magazine, 27 Aug. 2019 Moreover, since this effort has taken place to reduce or eliminate thimerosal in vaccines, the autism rate hasn't gone down, the CDC says. Anna Borges, SELF, 26 Aug. 2019 Bob Goin was the Cincinnati athletic director who signed the deal, and since then the Bearcats have had five other ADs, including two interims. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2019 The Golden Knights figure to have plenty of experience on defense, which has been a staple since Bonds arrived at St. Francis. Charles Rich, Glendale News-Press, 26 Aug. 2019 Social media is a crucial part of digital marketing, and there's a lot to cover, since the course includes tools and skills specific to individual social media platforms. Noelle Ike, CNN Underscored, 26 Aug. 2019 That was more important to me,’’ said Patterson, who has been with the Vikings since Mike Zimmer took over as head coach in 2014. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, 25 Aug. 2019 Those August suits brought the total to 87 multistate legal actions in the 31 months since Trump took office, according to a database compiled by Marquette University political scientist Paul Nolette. al, 24 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of since

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Conjunction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Preposition

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for since

Adverb

Middle English sins, contraction of sithens, from sithen, from Old English siththan, from sīth tham after that, from sīth after, late + tham, dative of thæt that; akin to Old High German sīd later and perhaps to Latin setius to a lesser degree

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The first known use of since was in the 15th century

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19 Jul 2021

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“Since.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/since. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for since

since

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of since

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: from a past time until now
: after a time in the past
: before the present time

since

conjunction

English Language Learners Definition of since (Entry 2 of 3)

: in the period after the time when
: from the time in the past when
used to introduce a statement that explains the reason for another statement

since

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of since (Entry 3 of 3)

: in the time after (a specified time or event in the past) : from (a point in the past) until the present time

since

adverb
\ ˈsins How to pronounce since (audio) \

Kids Definition of since

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : from a definite past time until now He moved and hasn't returned since.
2 : before the present time : ago The poet is long since dead.
3 : after a time in the past She has since become rich.

since

conjunction

Kids Definition of since (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : in the period after We've played better since you joined the team.
2 : because Since you have finished your work, you may go.

since

preposition

Kids Definition of since (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : in the period after I haven't seen them since last week.
2 : continuously from We have lived here since I was born.

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