[fruhm, from; unstressed fruh m]
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  1. (used to specify a starting point in spatial movement): a train running west from Chicago.
  2. (used to specify a starting point in an expression of limits): The number of stores will be increased from 25 to 30.
  3. (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.
  4. (used to express discrimination or distinction): to be excluded from membership; to differ from one's father.
  5. (used to indicate source or origin): to come from the Midwest; to take a pencil from one's pocket.
  6. (used to indicate agent or instrumentality): death from starvation.
  7. (used to indicate cause or reason): From the evidence, he must be guilty.

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. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for from


  1. used to indicate the original location, situation, etcfrom Paris to Rome; from behind the bushes; from childhood to adulthood
  2. in a period of time starting athe lived from 1910 to 1970
  3. used to indicate the distance between two things or placesa hundred miles from here
  4. used to indicate a lower amountfrom five to fifty pounds
  5. showing the model ofpainted from life
  6. used with the gerund to mark prohibition, restraint, etcnothing prevents him from leaving
  7. 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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