[fruhm, from; unstressed fruh m]


Origin of from

before 950; Middle English; Old English, variant of fram from (preposition), forward (adv.); cognate with Gothic fram, Old Norse frā (see fro), fram (adv.) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for from



used to indicate the original location, situation, etcfrom Paris to Rome; from behind the bushes; from childhood to adulthood
in a period of time starting athe lived from 1910 to 1970
used to indicate the distance between two things or placesa hundred miles from here
used to indicate a lower amountfrom five to fifty pounds
showing the model ofpainted from life
used with the gerund to mark prohibition, restraint, etcnothing prevents him from leaving
because ofexhausted from his walk

Word Origin for from

Old English fram; related to Old Norse frā, Old Saxon, Old High German, Gothic fram from, Greek promos foremost
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Word Origin and History for from

Old English fram "from, since, by, as a result," originally "forward movement, advancement," evolving into sense of "movement away," from Proto-Germanic *fr- (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German, Gothic fram "from, away," Old Norse fra "from," fram "forward"), corresponding to PIE *pro (see pro-).

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