\ tᵊl, təl, ˈtil \

Definition of till 

(Entry 1 of 5)

1 or 'til or less commonly til : until
2 chiefly Scotland : to
\ tᵊl, təl, ˈtil \
variants: or or less commonly til

Definition of till (Entry 2 of 5)

: until


\ ˈtil \
tilled; tilling; tills

Definition of till (Entry 3 of 5)

transitive verb

: to work by plowing, sowing, and raising crops : cultivate


noun (1)
\ ˈtil \

Definition of till (Entry 4 of 5)

1a : a money drawer in a store or bank also : cash register
b : a box, drawer, or tray in a receptacle (such as a cabinet or chest) used especially for valuables
2a : the money contained in a till
b : a supply of especially ready money


noun (2)
\ ˈtil \

Definition of till (Entry 5 of 5)

: unstratified glacial drift consisting of clay, sand, gravel, and boulders intermingled

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Synonyms for till

Synonyms: Verb

cultivate, farm, tend

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till, 'til, or 'till?


People often ask which is the correct synonym of until: till, ’til, or ’till?

Many assume that till is an abbreviated form of until. Actually, it is a distinctive word that existed in English at least a century before until, both as a preposition meaning “to” and a conjunction meaning “until.” It has seen continuous use in English since the 12th century and is a perfectly legitimate synonym of until.

’Til and ’till are much newer words, having appeared in the language only in the 19th and 20th centuries, respectively. Both are variant spellings, either of until or of till. Writers of usage guides have roundly condemned ’till as a barbarism (apparently because it seems to have added a superfluous l to the end of until). ’Til, for its part, has been deemed inappropriate in formal writing.

To sum up: until and till can be used freely and interchangeably, but you will probably want to avoid ’till and use ’til advisedly.

Examples of till in a Sentence


We won't finish till next week. The event doesn't start till tomorrow.


They kept playing till it got dark. He spun around till he was dizzy.


The farmers are tilling the soil. farmers tilling the soil from sunup to sunset
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First Known Use of till


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


12th century, in the meaning defined above


12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Noun (2)

1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for till


Middle English, from Old English til; akin to Old Norse til to, till, Old English til good


Middle English tilien, tillen, from Old English tilian; akin to Old English til good, suitable, Old High German zil goal

Noun (1)

Middle English tille locker, chest

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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The first known use of till was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of till

: to prepare (soil, a piece of land, etc.) for growing crops


preposition or conjunction
\ ˈtil \

Kids Definition of till

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: until Wait till later. They played till it got dark.


tilled; tilling

Kids Definition of till (Entry 2 of 3)

: to work by plowing, sowing, and raising crops on Farm workers till the fields.



Kids Definition of till (Entry 3 of 3)

: a drawer for money

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