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Meaning of from by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English from ( “from” ), from Old English from, fram ( “forward, from” ), from Proto-Germanic *fram ( “forward, from, away” ), from Proto-Indo-European *pr-, *pro-, *perəm-, *prom- ( “forth, forward” ), from *por- ( “forward, through” ). Cognate with Old Saxon fram ( “from” ) and Old High German fram ( “from” ), Danish frem ( “forth, forward” ), Danish fra ( “from” ), Swedish fram ( “forth, forward” ), Swedish från ( “from” ), Icelandic fram ( “forward, on” ), Icelandic frá ( “from” ), Albanian pre, prej. More at fro .


    • ( stressed )
      • ( UK ) IPA: /frɒm/, X-SAMPA: /frQm/
      • ( US ) enPR: frŭm, IPA: /frʌm/, X-SAMPA: /frVm/; ( emphasized ) enPR: främ, IPA: /frɑm/, X-SAMPA: /frAm/
    • ( unstressed ) enPR: frəm, IPA: /frəm/, X-SAMPA: /fr@m/
    • Rhymes: -ɒm



    1. With the source or provenance of or at .
      This wine comes from France .
      I got a letter from my brother .
    2. With the origin, starting point or initial reference of or at .
      He had books piled from floor to ceiling .
      He left yesterday from Chicago .
      Face away from the wall .
    3. With the separation, exclusion or differentiation of .
      An umbrella protects from the sun .
      He knows right from wrong .





    From Germanic. Cognate with Old High German fruma ( German fromm ), Middle Dutch vrōme ( Dutch vroom ), Old Norse framr .


    • IPA: /from/



    1. bold, firm, resolute

Definition of from by GCIDE Dictionary


  1. From ( frŏm ), prep. [AS. fram, from; akin to OS. fram out, OHG. & Icel. fram forward, Sw. fram, Dan. frem, Goth. fram from, prob. akin to E. forth. 202. Cf. Fro, Foremost.] Out of the neighborhood of; lessening or losing proximity to; leaving behind; by reason of; out of; by aid of; -- used whenever departure, setting out, commencement of action, being, state, occurrence, etc., or procedure, emanation, absence, separation, etc., are to be expressed. It is construed with, and indicates, the point of space or time at which the action, state, etc., are regarded as setting out or beginning; also, less frequently, the source, the cause, the occasion, out of which anything proceeds; -- the antithesis and correlative of to; as, “it, is one hundred miles from Boston to Springfield; he took his sword from his side; light proceeds from the sun; separate the coarse wool from the fine; men have all sprung from Adam, and often go from good to bad, and from bad to worse; the merit of an action depends on the princi
    ple from which it proceeds; men judge of facts from personal knowledge, or from testimony.”

    Experience from the time past to the time present. Bacon.

    The song began from Jove. Drpden.

    From high Mæonia's rocky shores I came. Addison.

    If the wind blow any way from shore. Shak.

    ☞ From sometimes denotes away from, remote from, inconsistent with. “Anything so overdone is from the purpose of playing.” Shak. From, when joined with another preposition or an adverb, gives an opportunity for abbreviating the sentence. “There followed him great multitudes of people . . . from [the land] beyond Jordan.” Math. iv. 25. In certain constructions, as from forth, from out, etc., the ordinary and more obvious arrangment is inverted, the sense being more distinctly forth from, out from -- from being virtually the governing preposition, and the word the adverb. See From off, under Off, adv., and From afar, under Afar, adv.

    Sudden partings such as press

    The life from out young hearts. Byron.