Definition of from in English:

from

Syllabification: from
Pronunciation: /frəm
 
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preposition

1Indicating the point in space at which a journey, motion, or action starts: she began to walk away from him I leapt from my bed figurative he was turning the committee away from appeasement
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  • She got a bad feeling in her stomach as she slowly got up from her bed and walked back to the stairs.
  • Amazingly, it took only five months for the Altea to make the journey from prototype to showroom.
  • The main journey I make is from Woodthorpe to Rawcliffe, where my girlfriend lives.
1.1Indicating the distance between a particular place and another place used as a point of reference: the ambush occurred 50 yards from a checkpoint
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  • He said they were now staying a short distance from their home in a flat on the Down's Road.
  • The car was seen by police a couple of hours later only a short distance from Mr Graiezevsky's road.
  • We often go to Hohai lake, which is walking distance from here and part of the old imperial grounds.
2Indicating the point in time at which a particular process, event, or activity starts: the show will run from 10 to 2
3Indicating the source or provenance of someone or something: I’m from Hartford she phoned him from the hotel she demanded the keys from her husband
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  • I am not in a position to indicate what roads will be funded from that source in the year.
  • I must agree with Mr Derbyshire that clean energy from renewable sources is the way forward.
  • They have to get funding from somewhere, these sources for funds have to be big, and so have to be noticed.
3.1Indicating the date at which something was created: a document dating from the thirteenth century
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  • The oldest securely dated complete Korans we possess date only from the ninth century.
  • Customers are invited to pick up a copy of the brochure from the box office from that date.
  • He also tips a wink to counterparts in the brewing trade from centuries ago.
4Indicating the starting point of a specified range on a scale: men who ranged in age from seventeen to eighty-four
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  • If we have a scale from one to ten, what are we going to do if we meet someone who is a twelve?
  • With prices ranging from a few rupees to a few hundred, the lamps make for a memorable buy.
  • Injuries range from serious lacerations to major fractures and head and spinal injuries.
4.1Indicating one extreme in a range of conceptual variations: anything from geography to literature
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  • AgriPower has developed a ‘virtual landfill’ system that can produce electricity and heat by burning anything from nuts to old tires.
  • Activities at the youth group include everything from sporting events to weekends away.
  • The exhibition features all things foodie from specialist ranges to top booze.
5Indicating the point at which an observer is placed: you can see the island from here figurative the ability to see things from another’s point of view
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  • Christmas arrived and with it frost and snow on the mainland mountains visible from the island.
  • It's amazing to see the island from the waters, all classic hazy blue layers of skyscrapers.
  • I guess it must take a view from afar to observe what a self serving First Minister is.
6Indicating the raw material out of which something is manufactured: a varnish made from copal
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  • These can be manufactured from arable crops like oil seed rape and sugar beet.
  • Here is something more than raw material from which a successful literature was forged.
7Indicating separation or removal: the party was ousted from power after sixteen years
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  • It had been the longest separation from the hills I'd suffered since I broke my ankle.
  • They were showered in debris as the house collapsed and Amanda was separated from her party.
  • They were the fabulous people responsible for the removal of the ads from this page!
8Indicating prevention: the story of how he was saved from death
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  • If just one child is saved from death because of such a law then it can only be a good thing.
  • A top police display dog was saved from choking to death by a quick-acting vet and a fast dash in a police car.
  • Can she and her ex-husband save themselves and their young son from certain death?
9Indicating a cause: a child suffering from asthma
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  • How are you supposed to tell if a neurotic dog feels it has benefited from its treatment?
  • Surgery is an option for the minority of women who get little benefit from medical treatment.
  • It was nominated by people who have benefited from its work and seen the positive effect on the community.
10Indicating a source of knowledge or the basis for one’s judgment: information obtained from papers, books, and presentations
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  • We read that what's on and where can be obtained from the tourist information centre.
  • She was allowed to obtain information from the patient and her medical notes.
  • Up to now much of your farming knowledge was gleaned from your parents and teachers.
11Indicating a distinction: the courts view him in a different light from that of a manual worker
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  • Further, this third genus is manifestly different and distinct from the second.
  • They are quite strikingly different from the faces one sees in equivalent circles in London.
  • Here the landscape is quite different from the interior but no less rewarding.

Origin

Old English fram, from, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse frá (see fro).

Phrases

as from

see as1.

from day to day (or hour to hour, etc.)

Daily (or hourly, etc.); as the days (or hours, etc.) pass.
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  • Normally, property is all about location on presumptuously called The World, the location changes from day to day, and the sea views change by the hour.
  • It has been a time of uncertainty about the future living from day to day, week to week unable to plan for anything other than the short term.
  • Those with lupus frequently say they don't know from day to day, sometimes hour to hour, how they will feel or what they will be capable of doing.

from now (or then, etc.) on

Now (or then, etc.) and in the future: they were friends from that day on
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  • The Finance Ministry made sure the prime minister shut his mouth from then on.
  • I also had too many versions of one song in my head which also gave me trouble, but eventually I relaxed and things went much better from then on.
  • We resupplied our groceries and from then on provided our own kitchen staff and cooked our own meals.

from time to time

Occasionally.
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  • Although he is now fluent in Bulgarian, Matt still confuses the odd word from time to time.
  • Chances are you won't get one, but I understand that you feel the need - we all do from time to time.
  • Place on a high heat and bring to the boil, stirring from time to time.

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