- 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: Middle English untill from un- (see unto) plush 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
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- 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: Middle English : un-, up to (from Old Norse und; see ant- in Indo-European roots) + til, till; see till2.