[ fruhm, from; unstressed fruhm ]
/ frʌm, frɒm; unstressed frəm /
(used to specify a starting point in spatial movement): a train running west from Chicago.
(used to specify a starting point in an expression of limits): The number of stores will be increased from 25 to 30.
(used to express removal or separation, as in space, time, or order): two miles from shore; 30 minutes from now; from one page to the next.
(used to express discrimination or distinction): to be excluded from membership; to differ from one's father.
(used to indicate source or origin): to come from the Midwest; to take a pencil from one's pocket.
(used to indicate agent or instrumentality): death from starvation.
(used to indicate cause or reason): From the evidence, he must be guilty.
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What does “vacillate” mean?
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.)
Words nearby from
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British Dictionary definitions for from
/ (frɒm, unstressed frəm) /
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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