- The definition of until is up to the time of, or before.
- An example of until is a person running quickly up to the time they stop.
- An example of until is a teenager not being able to go out before all of their chores are done.
- Until is defined as before a specific time.
An example of until is when a student can't leave school until June 1st of a specific year, which is the scheduled last day of their senior year of school.
- up to the time of; till (a specified time or occurrence): until payday
- before (a specified time or occurrence): used with a negative: not until tomorrow
- Scot. to or toward
Origin of untilMiddle English untill ; from un- (see unto) + till, to, till
- up to the time when or that: until you leave
- to the point, degree, or place that: heat the water until it boils
- before: used with a negative: not until he tells you
- Up to the time of: We danced until dawn.
- Before (a specified time): She can't leave until Friday.
- Scots Unto; to.
- Up to the time that: We walked until it got dark.
- Before: You cannot leave until your work is finished.
- To the point or extent that: I talked until I was hoarse. See Usage Note at till2.
Origin of untilMiddle English : un-, up to (from Old Norse und; see ant- in Indo-European roots) + til, till; see till2.
- Up to the time of (something happening).
- Before (a time).
It is typically assumed that circumstances have changed or could change at the referenced time. For instance, “All has gone well until now” implies that the current situation may not be so good.
- Up to the time that (a condition becomes true).
- Before (a condition becoming true).