Definition of until in English:


preposition & conjunction

  • Up to (the point in time or the event mentioned)

    as preposition ‘the kidnappers have given us until October 11th to deliver the documents’
    ‘he held the office until his death’
    as conjunction ‘you don't know what you can achieve until you try’
    • ‘Roast at the top of the oven, turning once or twice until the skin is crisp and golden.’
    • ‘They will be kept there until fines have been paid and if they are not they will be crushed.’
    • ‘If I can get fit and play until the end of the season, it will give me a new lease of life.’
    • ‘Pour it into a saucepan and heat until the flour is cooked and the sauce is thickened.’
    • ‘The rules are due to change but until then it still pays you to keep your mileage up.’
    • ‘You pay by the hour so you can play as many frames as you like until your time runs out.’
    • ‘By the way you only have until the end of September to lend your support to this idea.’
    • ‘He is a natural left side player and was doing a good job for us until he was injured.’
    • ‘Up until then it had been very hard on some levels because my family moved around a lot.’
    • ‘He added that the glass was replaced but lasted for less than a month until this week.’
    • ‘They can then remain in the property until they die or have to move into a nursing home.’
    • ‘There is a limit on how much you can send and withdraw until you gain verified status.’
    • ‘We have lost a lot of stock and are unable to assess the damage until the water levels drop.’
    • ‘You never quite know how a poem sounds until your hear it coming out of a pair of speakers.’
    • ‘As soon as the flames go out, add the cider and boil until the liquid has reduced by half.’
    • ‘They will be kept away from other bees until it is confirmed they are free of disease.’
    • ‘This one had sat in a tobacco tin for generations until it was valued at a coin fair.’
    • ‘The site will not be able to accept this sort of waste until the area is declared safe.’
    • ‘It cannot be long until the first offers appear to pay us a modest fee to sign up to their system.’
    • ‘If you want to book a seat in it you'll have to wait until April as they're all booked up.’
    till, up to, up till, up until, as late as, up to the time of, up to the time that, until such time as, pending
    before, prior to, previous to, up to, up until, till, up till, earlier than, in advance of, ante-, pre-
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On the differences between until and till, see till


Middle English: from Old Norse und ‘as far as’ + till (the sense thus duplicated).