- From then until now or between then and now: They left town and haven't been here since.
- Before now; ago: a name long since forgotten.
- After some point in the past; at a subsequent time: My friend has since married and moved to California.
- Continuously from: They have been friends since childhood.
- Intermittently from: She's been skiing since childhood.
from (frŭm, frŏm; frəm when unstressed)
- During the period subsequent to the time when: He hasn't been home since he graduated.
- Continuously from the time when: They have been friends ever since they were in grade school.
- Inasmuch as; because: Since you're not interested, I won't tell you about it.
- Used to indicate a source, cause, agent, or instrument: a note from the teacher; taking a book from the shelf.
- Used to indicate separation, removal, or exclusion: keep someone from making a mistake; liberation from bondage.
- Used to indicate differentiation: know right from wrong.
- Because of: faint from hunger.
from away Chiefly Maine.
- Not native to a state or locality.
[Middle English, from Old English fram, forward, from.]
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