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Definition of from preposition from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//frʌm//
    , NAmE//frɑm//
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  1. 1For the special uses of from in phrasal verbs, look at the entries for the verbs. For example, keep something from someone is in the phrasal verb section at keep. used to show where someone or something starts She began to walk away from him. Has the train from New Haven arrived?
  2. 2used to show when something starts We're open from 8 to 7 every day. He was blind from birth.
  3. 3used to show who sent or gave something or someone a letter from my brother information from witnesses the man from (= representing) the insurance company
  4. 4used to show what the origin of someone or something is I'm from Kansas. documents from the sixteenth century quotations from Shakespeare heat from the sun
  5. 5used to show the material that something is made of Steel is made from iron.
  6. 6used to show how far apart two places are 100 yards from the scene of the accident
  7. 7used to show someone's position or point of view You can see the island from here. From a financial point of view, the project was a disaster.
  8. 8from something (to something) used to show the range of something The temperature varies from 80 degrees to minus 10. The store sells everything from shoelaces to computers. Conditions vary from school to school.
  9. 9from something (to something) used to show the state or form of something or someone before a change Things went from bad to worse. translating from English to Spanish You need a break from routine.
  10. 10used to show that someone or something is separated or removed The Democrats were ousted from power after eight years.
  11. 11used to show that something is prevented She saved him from drowning.
  12. 12used to show the reason for something She felt sick from tiredness.
  13. 13used to show the reason for making a judgment You can tell a lot about a person from their handwriting. From what I heard the company's in deep trouble.
  14. 14used when distinguishing between two people or things Is Portuguese very different from Spanish? I can't tell one twin from the other.
  15. Idioms starting at the time mentioned and continuously after that From now on you can work on your own. She never spoke to him again from that day on.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: from