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Definition of "from" [from]

  • Used to indicate a specified place or time as a starting point: walked home from the station; from six o'clock on. See Usage Notes at escape, whence. (preposition)
  • Used to indicate a specified point as the first of two limits: from grades four to six. (preposition)
  • Used to indicate a source, cause, agent, or instrument: a note from the teacher; taking a book from the shelf. (preposition)
  • Used to indicate separation, removal, or exclusion: keep someone from making a mistake; liberation from bondage. (preposition)
  • Used to indicate differentiation: know right from wrong. (preposition)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "from" in a sentence
  • "I think an important fact is missing from all this discussion: who, exactly, did Human Rights Watch raise money *from* in Saudi Arabia?"
  • "The other works of Ammonius which survive are all derived, directly or indirectly, from his lectures, taken down by his students and hence mostly described as being ˜from the voice (apo tês phônês, or: the lectures [skholôn]) of Ammonius '."
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