Gary and Stan have been best friends since college.
- 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 -s 3.
- 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 (“after", "since") (+ -s, adverbial genitive suffix), from Old English sÄ«Ã¾Ã¾an, from the phrase sÄ«Ã¾ Ã¾Ç£m (“after/since that (time)"), from sÄ«Ã¾ (“since", "after") + Ã¾Ç£m dative singular of Ã¾Ã¦t. Cognate with Dutch sinds (“since"), German seit (“since"), Danish siden (“since").