- Since is defined as "because," or it also refers to a period of time that has passed after a specific event.
- An example of since is when you are late because your watch broke.
- An example of since is the period of time that has passed after yesterday.
- from then until now: she arrived Tuesday and has been here ever since
- at some or any time between then and now; subsequently: he was ill last week but has since recovered
- before the present time; before now; ago: they are long since gone
Origin of sinceMiddle English syns, contr. ; from sithens, adv. genitive of sithen ; from Old English siththan, for earlier an unverified form siththon ; from sith, after, since (for Indo-European base see side) + thon, instrumental form of thæt, that
- continuously from (the time given) until now: out walking since one o'clock
- during the period between (the time given) and now; subsequently to: many achievements since his election
- during the period from the specified time or event until the present: I haven't seen him since we were in high school
- continuously from the time when: I've been lonely since he left
- inasmuch as; because: since you are finished, let's go
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of sinceMiddle English sinnes, contraction of sithenes : sithen, since (from Old English siththan : sīth, after + than, variant of thām, dative of thæt, that; see that) + -es, adv. suff.; see –s3.
- From a specified time in the past.
- I had seen him previously, but hadn't seen him since.
- From (time).
- I have known her since last year.
- From the time that.
- I have loved you since I first met you.
- Since you didn't call, we left without you.
From Middle English syns, sinnes, contraction of earlier sithens, sithence, from sithen (â€œafter", "sinceâ€) (+ -s, adverbial genitive suffix), from Old English sÄ«Ã¾Ã¾an, from the phrase sÄ«Ã¾ Ã¾Ç£m (â€œafter/since that (time)â€), from sÄ«Ã¾ (â€œsince", "afterâ€) + Ã¾Ç£m dative singular of Ã¾Ã¦t. Cognate with Dutch sinds (â€œsinceâ€), German seit (â€œsinceâ€), Danish siden (â€œsinceâ€).