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, back

Synonyms: Conjunction

as, as long as, because, 'cause, considering, for, inasmuch as, now, seeing, whereas

Antonyms: Adverb

hence

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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

So, applying her postgraduate degree in sports marketing from USC, Hill established the California State Games in San Diego, and she’s been spearheading it ever since. Glae Thien, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego's Cal State Games turning 30," 12 July 2018 All but one, a 35-year-old Brazilian woman identified only by her initials W.R., have since been reunited with their children. Akilah Johnson, BostonGlobe.com, "US government argues that family torn apart at border must wait its turn to be reunited," 12 July 2018 Forty-two percent of voters cast ballots in that primary, and the numbers have dropped ever since. John Myers, latimes.com, "California's primary election saw higher turnout than recent years, but most voters still skipped it," 10 July 2018 In 2005, Dan Miller replaced Champion, and the duo has worked together ever since. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions radio: Jim Brandstatter out, Lomas Brown in on WJR-AM," 10 July 2018 Clearly, things haven't changed since then as the two of them have been hopping from city to city together. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Justin Bieber Knew He Would Marry Hailey Baldwin Back in 2016 Interview," 9 July 2018 Kardashian and Bendjima first sparked dating rumors in May 2017 in Cannes, France, and have been traveling the globe together ever since. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Inside Kourtney Kardashian’s Italian Vacation Wardrobe, from Vintage Chanel to Her Prom Shoes!," 2 July 2018 That accomplishment has only happened 16 times since saves became an official statistic in 1969. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners’ closer Edwin Diaz named American League reliever of the month for June," 2 July 2018 The candidate was a popular mayor of Mexico City last decade and has unsuccessfully run for the presidency twice since then. Nacha Cattan, Bloomberg.com, "Mexico Heads to Polls With Leftist on Brink of Historic Victory," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

In 2015, Michigan signed Nolan Ulizio, Tyree Kinnel and Andrew David, who has since transferred to TCU. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football is rebuilding its recruiting pipeline in Ohio. Here's why.," 12 July 2018 As Kirk Goldsberry pointed out at Grantland, soccer players only scored on about 10 percent of their shots at the 2014 World Cup, but scored on more than 81 percent of World Cup penalty kicks since 1966. Umair Irfan, Vox, "World Cup shootouts: why the team that goes first usually wins," 11 July 2018 The Orioles entered Saturday on pace to win just 44 games, which would be 10 fewer than any other team since the franchise began playing in Baltimore. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Schmuck: During season on the brink, Orioles are losing the head games, too," 14 July 2018 In 2017, the company started deleting half-a-million bots a day; that number has since doubled. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is Twitter Good Now?," 13 July 2018 Her partner, Charlie Rowley, 45, was also hospitalized as critically ill, but has since regained consciousness and remains in serious but stable condition. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "British police identify source of Russian nerve agent that killed woman," 13 July 2018 Pornography had existed since humans began drawing on cave walls, but Flynt took his to extremes unseen outside of gynecology textbooks. Cincinnati Enquirer, "Read more from this Project," 13 July 2018 The Marlins traded Miller to the Red Sox in 2010, and Miller has since won a World Series and become one of the most dominant relievers in the game. Mike Persak, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Cameron Maybin helping Marlins young players deal with the pressures of expectations," 12 July 2018 Falque spent a total of one and half seasons with Tottenham for a return of just two games before being loaned out elsewhere prior to his permanent switch away from the club in 2014, where his since spent his time playing in Italy. SI.com, "Leicester City Turn to Former Tottenham Winger in Search for Riyad Mahrez Replacement," 12 July 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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