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till

preposition \ tᵊl , təl , ˈtil \

Definition of till

1 or 'til or less commonly til : until
2 chiefly Scotland : to

Examples of till in a Sentence

  1. We won't finish till next week.

  2. The event doesn't start till tomorrow.

Origin and Etymology of till

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

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till

conjunction \ tᵊl , təl , ˈtil \
variants: or or less commonly til

Definition of till

: until

Examples of till in a Sentence

  1. They kept playing till it got dark.

  2. He spun around till he was dizzy.

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.

First Known Use of till

12th century

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till

verb \ ˈtil \

Definition of till

tilled; tilling; tills
: to work by plowing, sowing, and raising crops : cultivate

Examples of till in a Sentence

  1. The farmers are tilling the soil.

  2. farmers tilling the soil from sunup to sunset

Origin and Etymology of till

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

till Synonyms

Synonyms

cultivate, farm, tend;

Related Words

crop, plant;

harvest, reap;

harrow, hoe;

sharecrop;

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till

noun \ ˈtil \

Definition of till

1 a : 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
2 a : the money contained in a till
b : a supply of especially ready money

Origin and Etymology of till

Middle English tille locker, chest

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till

noun \ ˈtil \

Definition of till

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

Origin and Etymology of till

origin unknown


TILL Defined for English Language Learners

till

Definition of till for English Language Learners

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


TILL Defined for Kids

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till

preposition or conjunction \ ˈtil \

Definition of till for Students

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

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till

verb

Definition of till for Students

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

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till

noun

Definition of till for Students

: a drawer for money


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