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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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Sears filed for bankruptcy in 2018 and its future has been in doubt ever since. Chris Isidore, CNN, "J.Crew declared bankruptcy. Three other famous stores may follow it," 4 May 2020 Laura Whitmore has been since named as the show's new host. James Hibberd,, "Love Island canceled for 2020 due to coronavirus," 4 May 2020 That memo has since been removed from the agency’s website. Joseph Neff And Keri Blakinger, USA TODAY, "Despite urgency, few federal prisoners released under coronavirus emergency policies," 2 May 2020 Just a little over a month later, Weber was spotted with another ex-contestant, Flanagan, whom he’s been quarantined with ever since. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Peter Weber and Kelley Flanagan Just Responded to Everyone Hating on Their Relationship," 1 May 2020 In the decades since, a smattering of other Spinosaurus remains—all sparse and incomplete—have been found, fueling debate on both sides. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Groundbreaking Fossil Suggests Spinosaurus Is First Known Swimming Dinosaur," 30 Apr. 2020 The center started making these masks on March 27, and hasn't stopped since., "With a shortage of face masks, Phoenix hospital turns to 3D printing," 28 Apr. 2020 Ever since, outsider-philosophers have tended to take Socrates as their touchstone. Christopher Beha, Harper's Magazine, "Difficulties Everywhere," 27 Apr. 2020 The page, which has since been removed, pushed people to text a WhatsApp number to place an order. Washington Post, "Welcome to The Technology 202, our guide to the intersection of technology and politics.," 24 Apr. 2020 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, "Phoenix Rising FC helps sports lawyer from Venezuela embrace new home in Tempe," 27 Aug. 2019 What have been the biggest or most provocative questions for you since then? Quanta Magazine, "A Mathematician Whose Only Constant Is Change," 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, "10 Common Questions You Might Have About Vaccinating Your Kids," 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, "Why it took Ohio State and Cincinnati 16 years and multiple revisions to finish two-game series," 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, "Football Preview: Experienced St. Francis looking at big picture," 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, "SEO, social media, email: It's all covered in this 15-course digital marketing bundle," 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, "Vikings assistant Andre Patterson has another top defensive line and his son again around," 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, "States increasingly challenge Trump in court," 24 Aug. 2019

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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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21 May 2020

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“Since.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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

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

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


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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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