- up to the time that or when; till: He read until his guests arrived.
- before (usually used in negative constructions): They did not come until the meeting was half over.
- onward to or till (a specified time or occurrence): She worked until 6 p.m.
- before (usually used in negative constructions): He did not go until night.
- Scot. and North England. to; unto.
Origin of until
Examples from the Web for until
It may be fun and it may get them paid, until oversaturation ruins our sense for irony and destroys the market for it.Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie
January 9, 2015
At the time (and until 1913), U.S. senators were not popularly elected but were selected by the state legislature.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate
January 7, 2015
As Sutton shows in his book, the important shift took place gradually, from the end of the Civil War until World War II.The Evangelical Apocalypse Is All Your Fault
January 4, 2015
Until concern trolls like Sarah Ditum came along trying to cover it up again.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism
January 3, 2015
In fact, Americans had to wait several hours until film of the event reached New York for it to be broadcast.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
Since he went to Salamis in search of you, I have not seen him until late this evening.
The silence remained unbroken, until Paralus asked for music.
Will you take care of some money for me until I get a chance to deposit it in the savings bank?Brave and Bold
Not until five o'clock had he by turns urged and fought himself to the ferry.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Until that ecstasy of release should come, he would do his duty,—yes, his duty.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
- up to (a time) thathe laughed until he cried
- (used with a negative) before (a time or event)until you change, you can't go out
- (often preceded by up) in or throughout the period beforehe waited until six
- (used with a negative) earlier than; beforehe won't come until tomorrow
Word Origin and History for until
c.1200, from Old Norse und "as far as, up to" (related to Old English end; see end) + till "until, up to" (see till (prep.)). Originally also used of persons and places. Cf. Swedish intill, Danish indtil. The Modern German equivalent, bis (Old High German biaz), is a similar compound, of Old High German bi "by, at, to" and zu "to."
Idioms and Phrases with until
see put off until tomorrow; talk one's arm off (until blue in the face). Also see under till.