[ sins ]
/ sɪns /
from then till now (often preceded by ever): He was elected in 1978 and has been president ever since.
between a particular past time and the present; subsequently: She at first refused, but has since consented.
ago; before now: long since.
continuously from or counting from: It has been warm since noon.
between a past time or event and the present: There have been many changes since the war.
in the period following the time when: He has written once since he left.
continuously from or counting from the time when: He has been busy since he came.
because; inasmuch as: Since you're already here, you might as well stay.
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Origin of since
First recorded in 1400–50; Late Middle English (adverb) syns, sinnes “thereupon, afterwards,” Middle English (adverb and conjunction) sithenes “afterwards, from (the specified time), because,” equivalent to sithen “after that, since” (Old English siththan, originally sīth thām “after that”) + -es; see origin at sith, -s1
synonym study for since
8. See because.
usage note for since
8. See as1.
Words nearby since
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British Dictionary definitions for since
/ (sɪns) /
during or throughout the period of time aftersince May it has only rained once
(sometimes preceded by ever) continuously from or starting from the time whensince we last met, important things have happened
seeing that; becausesince you have no money, you can't come
since that timehe left yesterday and I haven't seen him since
Word Origin for since
Old English sīththan, literally: after that; related to Old High German sīd since, Latin sērus late
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Idioms and Phrases with since
see greatest thing since sliced bread.
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