Since meaning

sĭns
Before now; ago.

A name long since forgotten.

adverb
14
4
From then until now or between then and now.

They left town and haven't been here since.

adverb
9
1
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.

adverb
8
1
Continuously from.

They have been friends since childhood.

preposition
8
1
Inasmuch as; because.

Since you're not interested, I won't tell you about it.

conjunction
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2
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Intermittently from.

She's been skiing since childhood.

preposition
2
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During the period between (the time given) and now; subsequently to.

Many achievements since his election.

preposition
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0

Since you didn't call, we left without you.

conjunction
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After some point in the past; at a subsequent time.

My friend has since married and moved to California.

adverb
1
1
During the period subsequent to the time when.

He hasn't been home since he graduated.

conjunction
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1
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Continuously from the time when.

They have been friends ever since they were in grade school.

conjunction
1
1
From then until now.

She arrived Tuesday and has been here ever since.

adverb
1
1
At some or any time between then and now; subsequently.

He was ill last week but has since recovered.

adverb
1
1
Before the present time; before now; ago.

They are long since gone.

adverb
1
1
Continuously from (the time given) until now.

Out walking since one o'clock.

preposition
1
1
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During the period from the specified time or event until the present.

I haven't seen him since we were in high school.

conjunction
1
1
Continuously from the time when.

I've been lonely since he left.

conjunction
1
1
Inasmuch as; because.

Since you are finished, let's go.

conjunction
1
1
From (time).

I have known her since last year.

preposition
1
1
From a specified time in the past.

I had seen him previously, but hadn't seen him since.

adverb
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1
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From the time that.

I have loved you since I first met you.

conjunction
0
1

Origin of since

  • Middle English sinnes contraction of sithenes sithen since (from Old English siththan) (sīth after) (than) (variant of thām) (dative of thæt that that) -es adv. suff. –s3

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English syns, sinnes, contraction of earlier sithens, sithence, from sithen (“after", "since") (+ -s, adverbial genitive suffix), from Old English sīþþan, from the phrase sīþ þǣm (“after/since that (time)"), from sīþ (“since", "after") + þǣm dative singular of þæt. Cognate with Dutch sinds (“since"), German seit (“since"), Danish siden (“since").

    From Wiktionary