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since

adverb \ ˈsin(t)s \
Updated on: 17 Dec 2017

Definition of since

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

Examples of since in a Sentence

  1. She graduated four years ago and has since married.

  2. He left home two years ago and has since become a soldier.

Recent Examples of since from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of since

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

since Synonyms

Synonyms
agone [archaic], back, ago, syne [chiefly Scottish]
Antonyms
hence

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since

conjunction

Definition of since

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

Examples of since in a Sentence

  1. We've played better since you joined the team.

  2. He has had two jobs since he graduated.

  3. He hasn't ridden a bike since he was a boy.

  4. They haven't won a championship since Truman was President.

First Known Use of since

15th century

since Synonyms

Synonyms
as, as long as, because, being (as or as how or that) [chiefly dialect], 'cause, considering, for, inasmuch as, now, seeing, whereas

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since

preposition

Definition of since

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

Examples of since in a Sentence

  1. I haven't seen him since yesterday.

  2. I haven't eaten since breakfast.

  3. Since the party, she has not spoken to him at all.

  4. The company has been in its present location since the beginning of the century.

  5. We've been waiting for you since 10 o'clock.

Recent Examples of since from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'since.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of since

circa 1530



SINCE Defined for English Language Learners

since

adverb

Definition of since for English Language Learners

  • : from a past time until now

  • : after a time in the past

  • : before the present time


since

conjunction

Definition of since for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of since for English Language Learners

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


SINCE Defined for Kids

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since

adverb \ ˈsins \

Definition of since for Students

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.

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since

conjunction

Definition of since for Students

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.

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since

preposition

Definition of since for Students

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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