Definition of since in English:

since

adverb, preposition, & conjunction

  • 1In the intervening period between (the time mentioned) and the time under consideration, typically the present.

    as preposition ‘she has suffered from depression since she was sixteen’
    ‘the worst property slump since the war’
    ‘I've felt better since I've been here’
    as adverb ‘she ran away on Friday and we haven't seen her since’
    • ‘Well, maybe not entirely, but life has been in a slump since I tied the knot this summer.’
    • ‘I want to get back in the ring because it feels such a long time since the last fight.’
    • ‘Workers say since then managers have been asking them to go home during quieter periods.’
    • ‘My focus since then has been on removing this sort of conditioning from everyone.’
    • ‘It is the first rise since property prices began spiralling in York in the last two to three years.’
    • ‘So I put on makeup for the first time since that fight at lunch that started all this.’
    • ‘They are on a mission, a task that they have been training for since they entered the Army.’
    • ‘I booked him for an exhibition immediately and he has been here regularly since then.’
    • ‘Too much has happened in the period since.’
    • ‘It could quite literally be the biggest thing to hit the resort since the war itself.’
    • ‘That was a few months ago and I've put a lot of work in since then so it should be stronger.’
    • ‘For that reason clarinets have been built since their early days in different keys.’
    • ‘It meant that no party had overall control for the first time since the Second World War.’
    • ‘All the things that have happened to me since that depressing period of my life!’
    • ‘It was the British who suffered the worst single incident since the end of the war.’
    • ‘It has been some time since anyone had to fight their way into a London saleroom.’
    • ‘It is hard to believe that a year has passed since then and it is a significant milestone in her fight for life.’
    • ‘Things may have picked up for Celtic since then but I see no reason to change my advice.’
    • ‘It is now one year since Douglas died and for some reason it still feels like there's a hole in the world.’
    • ‘The property had been empty since last July but a couple of weeks ago his daughter moved in.’
    because, since, seeing that, seeing as, considering that, on account of the fact that, in view of the fact that, owing to the fact that
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  • 2conjunction For the reason that; because.

    ‘delegates were delighted, since better protection of rhino reserves will help protect other rare species’
    • ‘She was right to ditch the passage since it would have jarred with the spirit of reasoned debate.’
    • ‘They certainly knew that their task was hard since two previous attempts had failed.’
    • ‘Many more elsewhere are struggling since visitors found a reason to stay at home.’
    • ‘I was brought in the same room as Raine, since the doctors had mentioned this was the only room left.’
    since, as, for the reason that, in view of the fact that, owing to the fact that, seeing as, seeing that
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  • 3adverb Ago.

    ‘the settlement had vanished long since’
    • ‘They have long since ceased to be amazed at the number of shopping trolleys they find.’
    • ‘Tunisia put the ball in Spain's net, but the whistle had long since gone for offside.’
    • ‘Presumably it's a joke, but taken to such an extent that it's long since ceased to be one.’
    • ‘The banks will reclaim the funds from the retailer, but the goods have long since gone.’
    • ‘Her cards were face up in front of her and she had long since lost count of whose turn it was.’
    • ‘Many features shown are long since gone, but the maps aim to ensure they are not forgotten.’
    • ‘My father who started the business has long since given up trying to make me like him.’
    • ‘The club's long since gone but the memories of those starry nights have never faded.’
    • ‘Mitchell had matured and quieted much by then and had long since left her flapper days behind.’
    • ‘That fabric has long since been sundered and social anarchy has been the consequence.’
    • ‘The sun had long since faded by this time and the sky was growing darker by the minute.’
    • ‘The government has long since given up trying to reduce the propensity to commit crime.’
    • ‘I am sure there would have been mad ones then, too, but they are long since forgotten.’
    • ‘The sun had long since risen, not that you could tell it from the ominous clouds outside.’
    • ‘Practice has long since taken its leave of policy, and speaks to it about once a year, on a bad line.’
    • ‘The guards behind her had long since left and Ashley stared at the entrance with longing.’
    • ‘Other cabins and superstructure have long since rotted and crumpled to the seabed.’
    • ‘The romance has long since expired like the first red rose he bought you to proclaim his love.’
    • ‘The lights had long since gone out, leaving the room darkened enough that he could hide.’
    • ‘Wales had long since been conquered, but it was still very much alive as a country.’
    in the past, before the present, before, earlier, back, in time gone by, since, formerly, previously
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Origin

Late Middle English: contraction of obsolete sithence, or from dialect sin (both from dialect sithen ‘thereupon, afterwards, ever since’).

Pronunciation

since

/sɪns/