- An example of from is the starting time of an open house, such as "from 1 pm to 4 pm."
- An example of from is to take a toy away out of the hands of a child.
- An example of from are a cottage and a garage that are separated by 100 feet.
- beginning at (a point of departure as for motion, duration, or action): leaving from the station
- at a certain distance away with respect to: a mile from town
- starting with (the first of two named limits): from noon to midnight
- out of; derived or coming out of: he took a comb from his pocket; lava spewed from the volcano
- with (a person or thing) as the source, maker, sender, speaker, teacher, etc.: a crate made from wood, a letter from Mary, facts learned from reading
- at a place not near to; out of contact with: used to express absence, removal, separation, etc.: away from danger, far from home
- out of the whole of; out of unity or alliance with: take two from four; he withdrew from the class
- out of the possibility of; prevented or excluded with respect to: kept from going on the hike
- out of the possession or control of; free with respect to: released from jail
- as not being like: used to express difference, distinction, etc.: to tell one sister from the other
- because of; caused by; having the reason or motive of: to tremble from fear
Origin of fromadaptation of Yiddish locutionSlang about: used with know: they don't know from good taste
Origin of fromMiddle English from Old English from, fram, akin to Gothic fram, forward, away, Old Norse fr? from Indo-European base an unverified form pro-, variant, variety of an unverified form per-, beyond, ahead from source for, fore, first
- a. Used to indicate a specified place or time as a starting point: walked home from the station; from six o'clock on. See Usage Note at escape. See Usage Note at whence.b. Used to indicate a specified point as the first of two limits: from grades four to six.
- a. Used to indicate a source, cause, agent, or instrument: a note from the teacher; taking a book from the shelf.b. Used to indicate constituent material or materials: a table made from wood.
- 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.
Origin of fromMiddle English from Old English fram forward, from ; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
- With the source or provenance of or at.
- With the origin, starting point or initial reference of or at.
- he had books piled from floor to ceiling; he left yesterday from Chicago; face away from the wall
- With the separation, exclusion or differentiation of.
- an umbrella protects from the sun; he knows right from wrong
From Middle English from (“from”), from Old English from, fram (“forward, from”), from Proto-Germanic *fram (“forward, from, away”), from Proto-Indo-European *pr-, *pro-, *perəm-, *prom- (“forth, forward”), from *por- (“forward, through”). Cognate with Old Saxon fram (“from”) and Old High German fram (“from”), Danish frem (“forth, forward”), Danish fra (“from”), Swedish fram (“forth, forward”), Swedish från (“from”), Icelandic fram (“forward, on”), Icelandic frá (“from”), Albanian pre, prej. More at fro.