since

adverb
\ ˈsin(t)s \

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

That's why, in 1989, the IGBC developed its first bear-resistant container protocol and it's been refining it ever since. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "This Cooler Is "Certified Bear Resistant." What Does That Really Mean?," 21 Dec. 2018 It was decorated with items from the former store, including a potbelly stove that has since become a part of the shop's logo. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Popular sandwich spot about to open second location (and a fourth is getting closer) | Charlotte Observer," 1 May 2018 Paul was a cell phone salesman before stepping on stage and has since become an opera star. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Untold Story of 'AGT' Star Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" Audition," 19 Dec. 2018 The gatherings have since become a monthly ritual, taking place at the stroke of midnight on a night of the waning crescent moon. Harper's BAZAAR, "The Modern Woman Is Embracing Her Inner Witch," 12 Nov. 2018 The holiday, which is believed to have been started in the 1990s as a way for men in colleges to celebrate being single, was turned into a shopping event in 2009 by Alibaba’s Jack Ma and has since become an annual tradition. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "The best deals from Alibaba’s Singles Day," 10 Nov. 2018 Stanley and her fiance have since set up a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for her medical bills and hopefully pay for a support animal. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Waitress who survived Waffle House shooting reportedly suffering from PTSD, needs support dog," 6 Aug. 2018 In the days since, driver Andy Green told the BBC that the Bloodhound SSC car was up for sale. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Could Someone Save the 1,000-MPH Bloodhound SSC Project?," 11 Dec. 2018 Many stadiums have since been built for MLS teams, starting with the Columbus Crew’s in 1999. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Major League Soccer Final Showcases Real Growth, Fake Grass," 7 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

In Iraqi elections earlier this year, factions hostile to the U.S. increased their political clout and have since called for U.S. troops to leave. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "Trump, First Lady Visit U.S. Troops in Iraq," 26 Dec. 2018 In Mic’s case, since the company was short on cash and therefore sold at a fraction of its valuation, there’s only so much financial compensation for employees the union can bargain for. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "As digital media companies brace for change, unions try to cushion the blow," 26 Dec. 2018 Advocates of the rule sued, confident the delay would be overturned since their grounds were similar to those for the SAFMR rule. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "HUD won one court battle, lost another under Ben Carson in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 That's hard to believe now, since Kate is one of the busiest, hardest working people on the planet. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Queen Elizabeth Reportedly Criticized Kate Middleton for "Not Doing Enough" While She Was Dating Prince William," 23 Dec. 2018 But the reality is, alcohol can actually make your anxiety and depression worse, since booze is a depressant. Claire Gillespie, Glamour, "Self-Care Only Worked for Me When I Got Sober," 22 Dec. 2018 As president of Calty since 2007, Hunter oversees research, advanced design and production design. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Lexus' Latest Concept Car Was Inspired By a Copper Pot," 18 Dec. 2018 The extravagant building was once the home of Maharaja Gaj Singh II, and has since been converted into a luxury resort. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Married—Here's Everything We Know About the Wedding," 4 Dec. 2018 But it's been a while since he's been in the spotlight. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "Here's What Little Ricky From 'I Love Lucy' Looks Like Now," 14 Dec. 2018

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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 \

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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