Until meaning

ŭn-tĭl
Up to the time of.

We danced until dawn.

preposition
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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.

preposition
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Before (a specified time).

She can't leave until Friday.

preposition
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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.

conjunction
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Up to the time of; till (a specified time or occurrence)

Until payday.

preposition
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Up to the time that.

We walked until it got dark.

conjunction
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To the point or extent that.

I talked until I was hoarse.

conjunction
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Before (a specified time or occurrence): used with a negative.

Not until tomorrow.

preposition
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Before.

You cannot leave until your work is finished.

conjunction
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Unto; to.
preposition
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0
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To or toward.
preposition
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Up to the time when or that.

Until you leave.

conjunction
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To the point, degree, or place that.

Heat the water until it boils.

conjunction
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Before.

Not until he tells you.

conjunction
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Up to the time of (something happening).
preposition
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Before (a time).
preposition
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Up to the time that (a condition becomes true).
conjunction
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Before (a condition becoming true).
conjunction
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Origin of until

  • Middle English un- up to (from Old Norse und ant- in Indo-European roots) til till till2

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

  • From Old Norse und (“as far as, up to") and til (“until, up to")

    From Wiktionary