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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



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



Definition of since (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The first film premiered in 1977 and, ever since, there’s been a variety of sequels, prequels, spin offs and TV shows. Mythili Devarakonda, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2022 The leaker was first to break this news back in March, and there has been considerable outcry since. Gordon Kelly, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 Ted returned in 2004 to Harvard, his alma mater, and has been the men’s varsity hockey coach ever since. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 6 Aug. 2022 After getting the recognition of inventor Lori Greiner, the company was brought to major retailers and has been a national favorite ever since. Bryce Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Aug. 2022 Many of his collaborators who were prevalent during the early portion of his career have since been dormant. Khari Nixon, SPIN, 5 Aug. 2022 That exception has been part of the federal budget ever since. The Editors, National Review, 4 Aug. 2022 He was released by the Seahawks after his arrest and has not been with an NFL team since. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, 3 Aug. 2022 Zoë Kravitz became a star in her own right in 2011's X-Men: First Class, and has been one to watch on the silver screen and fashion scene ever since. Alex Apatoff, Peoplemag, 1 Aug. 2022 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 See More

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First Known Use of since


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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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.



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.



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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