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

Woodstock 50 and Dentsu have been embroiled in a legal battle ever since. Jem Aswad, chicagotribune.com, "Woodstock 50 loses festival site as Watkins Glen Raceway pulls out," 10 June 2019 Bodo, who became vice president of the student senate and is now living rent-free in the home of a professor, has since become an activist around the issue of homelessness. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Homeless in College: Students sleep in cars, on couches when they have nowhere else to go," 10 June 2019 Experimental broadcasts have since become an industry-wide trend. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "As the Game Evolves, MLB Broadcaster John Smoltz Has Become a Topic of Debate," 7 June 2019 New Zealand was the first developed nation to sign a free-trade deal with China in 2008, and China has since become New Zealand’s largest trading partner. Nick Perry, The Seattle Times, "Registration mistake turned back New Zealand flight to China," 11 Feb. 2019 The 25-year-old star, who has since become a fan-favorite on social media, sat down with Fox News and addressed the most recent Bachelor Nation scandal. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Corrine Olympios talks new 'Bachelor' Colton Underwood's upcoming season, says he 'did Tia dirty'," 7 Sep. 2018 But the feeling of connection—even if just for a moment—has remained with me ever since. Karen Rinaldi, Glamour, "How I Stopped "Doing It For the 'Gram" and Learned to Love "Unlikeable" Moments," 22 May 2019 It has been noted that the Queen regularly wore hats to the event until 1967, but has appeared without one ever since. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Has a Long History with the Chelsea Flower Show," 20 May 2019 The photo has since been removed, but the Beyhive is still on the hunt for whoever was behind it. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "A Private Photo of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Children Was Leaked on Social Media," 4 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Knowles founded Saint Heron, her creative agency, in 2013 and has since worked with artist Mickalene Thomas, musician Blood Orange, fashion labels Telfar and Luar, and the Afropunk music festival. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "Solange's Saint Heron Is Working On A Collab With Ikea — & We've Got A Preview," 5 June 2019 The article details the early holdings of the Rhode Island newspaper group, which have since grown. Julia Wick, latimes.com, "Essential California: Who bought the Bakersfield Californian?," 4 June 2019 The Cantina concept launched in Chicago in 2015 and has since expanded to Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York and a handful of other cities, with plans to open 300-350 worldwide by 2022. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "One Baja Blast, extra tequila: Boozy Taco Bell Cantina coming to downtown Sacramento," 4 June 2019 Not all the 21 layers are sewn; 16 of them, latex and Mylar, Dacron and Kapton, are glued together, no wrinkling allowed, the top layer almost indiscernibly larger than the bottom one, since what is outside must always be bigger than what is inside. Oliver Morton, WIRED, "The Beauty and Madness of Sending a Man to the Moon," 4 June 2019 Voter turnout is expected to be extremely low, since there is no other major race on the ballot. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, "Tiffany Cabán’s Feminist Coalition," 4 June 2019 This year marks 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising of 1969, when LGBTQ patrons of New York City’s Stonewall Inn rioted in response to a police raid. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "8 LGBTQ Documentaries to Watch During Pride Month," 4 June 2019 Tulane has not had a player selected in the first round since pitcher Shooter Hunt went to the Twins at No. Christopher Dabe, nola.com, "MLB mock drafts show Tulane third baseman Kody Hoese going in the first round," 3 June 2019 What's more, indexes that include a broader array of companies, like small businesses, also sank, for a fourth straight week for the first time since August 2011, Yardeni said in a note. Rachel Layne, CBS News, "As more tariffs loom, experts warn consumers to brace for impact," 3 June 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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