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

ago, agone [archaic], back, syne [chiefly Scottish]

Synonyms: Conjunction

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

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

Ellen DeGeneres helped discover the musician back in 2010, and Greyson has been releasing music and increasing his stardom ever since. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "6 Facts About Singer-Songwriter Greyson Chance That Will Make You Love Him Even More," 3 Apr. 2019 Us Weekly shared screenshots of the tweets, which have since been deleted. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "'The Bachelor' Contestant Tracy Shapoff Is Already Swept Up In Drama," 25 Jan. 2019 After years of anti-depressants, morphine patches, and other prescriptions, Dubliner Kevin Lappin transitioned to a vegan, anti-inflammatory diet to cope with fibromyalgia—and hasn’t looked back since. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "There’s a Fresh Crop of Vegan Restaurants in Dublin," 15 Mar. 2019 Joe and Sophie got engaged back in October 2017, and ever since, fans have been eagerly awaiting updates surrounding their wedding. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner Kiss and Cuddle at New York Knicks Game," 10 Mar. 2019 After their wedding the tabloids were quick to speculate that some of the couple’s U.K. assets would come under scrutiny by the IRS, since, as an American citizen, Meghan is liable to be taxed on all her overseas earnings. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth's Fortune Is Divided Among the Members of the Royal Family," 16 Feb. 2019 Europe won two years later at The Belfry in central England and has gotten the better of the United States in a majority of matches since, with the British contingent complemented by players from Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Spain. Pan Pylas, Fox News, "British love affair with Ryder Cup to persist beyond Brexit," 27 Sep. 2018 Saudi Arabia pledged to invest billions of dollars to expand an Indonesian refinery, but the deal has since faltered. Summer Said, WSJ, "Saudi Crown Prince Pivots to Asia from Critical West," 16 Feb. 2019 They were both taken the the hospital and have since been discharged. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Philip Was Involved in a Car Accident Near Sandringham Yesterday," 18 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

But the rebels wore green to differentiate themselves from the British, who clothed themselves in red, and the color has since come to denote Ireland and the Irish to all the world. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "Here's the Real History of St Patrick's Day," 15 Mar. 2019 Kardashian West's long history with psoriasis has been part of storylines on Keeping Up With the Kardashians since practically the beginning of the show and is probably one of her most relatable qualities. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "People Are Praising Kim Kardashian for Sharing Pics of Her ‘Psoriasis Face’," 13 Mar. 2019 After taking a two-month hiatus from being a Victoria's Secret Angel, Kloss attended NYU to study coding, and has since started Kode with Klossy, a nonprofit focusing on empowering young girls who want to lead careers in STEM. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner Are Selling Their $7 Million NYC Apartment," 4 Mar. 2019 Both women star in the new series, The Kominsky Method, which has already garnered two Golden Globe awards since Netflix released it in 2018. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Is Bringing Back a Major Guest Star Who's Going to Clash With Mike," 8 Mar. 2019 For example, young female athletes had been reporting abuse by Larry Nassar, the USA Gymnastics team doctor who was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison earlier this year for abusing more than 100 young athletes, since 1997. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 22 Feb. 2019 The relatable scenario has since gone viral on Twitter. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Victoria Actress Jenna Coleman's Most Embarrassing Moment Is So Relatable," 19 Feb. 2019 Marcel Breuer’s famous Wassily Chair, first designed in 1925 and copied ever since, is still available for purchase. Todd Plummer, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 100-Year-Old German Art School That’s Still Influencing the Fashion World," 13 Feb. 2019 Parkland parent Fred Guttenberg, who lost his 14-year-old daughter Jaime and has been fighting to end gun violence ever since, is strongly against teachers carrying weapons in their classrooms. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "8 Parkland Teachers on What They Really Think About Being Armed," 13 Feb. 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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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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