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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.




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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

usage note for since

8. See as1.
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What are other ways to say since?

The conjunction since means “because” or “inasmuch as.” How is it different from because, as, for, and inasmuch as? Find out on Thesaurus.com

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British Dictionary definitions for since

/ (sɪns) /


during or throughout the period of time aftersince May it has only rained once

conjunction (subordinating)

(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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