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

Despite declines since then, the Trump administration still will be providing more immigrant visas than Obama did in earlier years of his presidency. Abigail Hauslohner And Andrew Ba Tran, chicagotribune.com, "Trump is making inroads in reducing legal immigration," 3 July 2018 Despite declines since then, the Trump administration still will be providing more immigrant visas than Obama did in earlier years of his presidency. Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post, "How Trump is changing the face of legal immigration," 2 July 2018 Spangenberg hit a home run in that game, homered and tripled the next day and has nine hits in 28 at-bats since then. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres notes: Hosmer's numbers; Ross quality not enough for first time," 15 June 2018 In three hitless at-bats since then, there had been nothing belying Stanton’s words. New York Times, "Giancarlo Stanton Gets Taste of Revenge, but Yankees Can’t Complete a Sweep," 4 June 2018 The Vikings have reached the semifinals only twice since then. Katherine Dunn, baltimoresun.com, "Previewing the girls state lacrosse finals," 21 May 2018 The move is meant to ramp up security measures after last month's deadly shooting and a series of breaches since then. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Marjory Stoneman Douglas will require students to carry only clear backpacks," 22 Mar. 2018 The process has now slowed: the last annexation took place more than a decade ago and was controversial enough that city officials have since become more cautious. The Economist, "Demography is not destinyBuilding a multiracial coalition is more difficult than it seems," 12 July 2018 But his plans were defeated by a public uproar, and the apps have since become even more popular. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Taxi Empire Strikes Back," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

More than 300 people have been killed since the conflict began in April, the vast majority civilians. Joshua Partlow, chicagotribune.com, "Inside the church where Nicaraguan paramilitaries laid siege on university students," 14 July 2018 More than 130, mostly unarmed, Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since protests began on March 30. Aron Heller, BostonGlobe.com, "Israel exchanges intense fire with Hamas militants in Gaza," 14 July 2018 The album prompts seven debuts in the chart’s top 10, tying for the most simultaneous hits in the region since the chart began in 2012. Trevor Anderson, Billboard, "Drake Ties The Game For Most No. 1s on Top Rap Albums Chart," 13 July 2018 At least 120 journalists have been killed in the country in relation to their work since the conflict began in 2011, according to CPJ research. Philip Issa, Fox News, "Syrian rebels agree to give up Daraa, cradle of 2011 revolt," 13 July 2018 For the first time since data began to be collected in 2000, there are more job openings than there are unemployed workers (see chart). The Economist, "Worker shortages could heal America’s economy," 12 July 2018 The Boise Regional Realtors says that’s the shortest time ever since the group began keeping track in 2004. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Just when you thought Idaho home prices couldn’t climb any higher, they do, by a lot," 12 July 2018 The 2020 target is mandated by a 2006 law, but since then California has passed an even stricter law requiring emissions to be 40% below 1990 levels by the year 2030. Lucas Laursen, Fortune, "California Beat Its 2020 Emissions Target Four Years Early," 12 July 2018 The industrial availability rate—which includes properties that are vacant or will soon be vacant—has now fallen for a record 32 consecutive quarters, according to CBRE, the longest stretch of declines since the firm began tracking the data in 1988. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "U.S. Warehouse Supply at Its Tightest in Two Decades," 11 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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