\ tᵊl, təl, ˈtil How to pronounce till (audio) \

Definition of till

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 or 'til or less commonly til : until
2 chiefly Scotland : to
\ tᵊl, təl, ˈtil How to pronounce till (audio) \
variants: or or less commonly til

Definition of till (Entry 2 of 5)

till

verb
\ ˈtil How to pronounce till (audio) \
tilled; tilling; tills

Definition of till (Entry 3 of 5)

transitive verb

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

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till, 'til, or 'till?

Conjunction

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

Preposition We won't finish till next week. The event doesn't start till tomorrow. Conjunction They kept playing till it got dark. He spun around till he was dizzy. Verb The farmers are tilling the soil. farmers tilling the soil from sunup to sunset
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First Known Use of till

Preposition

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

Conjunction

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

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

Preposition

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

Verb

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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Cite this Entry

“Till.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/till. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for till

till

verb
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English Language Learners Definition of till

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

till

preposition or conjunction
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Kids Definition of till

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

till

verb
tilled; tilling

Kids Definition of till (Entry 2 of 3)

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

till

noun

Kids Definition of till (Entry 3 of 3)

: a drawer for money

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