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Meaning of SINCE

Pronunciation:  sins

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Since\ (s[i^]ns), adv. [For sins, contr. fr. OE. sithens,
    sithenes, formed by an adverbial ending (cf. {Besides}) from
    OE. sithen, also shortened into sithe, sin, AS.
    si[eth][eth]an, sy[eth][eth]an, seo[eth][eth]an, afterward,
    then, since, after; properly, after that; fr. s[=i][eth]
    after, later, adv. and prep. (originally a comparative adv.,
    akin to OS. s[=i][eth] afterward, since, OHG. s[=i]d, G. seit
    since, Goth. sei[thorn]us late, ni [thorn]anasei[thorn]s no
    longer) + [eth]on instrumental of the demonstrative and
    article. See {That}.]
    1. From a definite past time until now; as, he went a month
       ago, and I have not seen him since.
             We since become the slaves to one man's lust. --B.
    2. In the time past, counting backward from the present;
       before this or now; ago.
             How many ages since has Virgil writ?  --Roscommon.
             About two years since, it so fell out, that he was
             brought to a great lady's house.      --Sir P.
    3. When or that. [Obs.]
             Do you remember since we lay all night in the
             windmill in St. George's field?       --Shak.
  2. \Since\, prep.
    From the time of; in or during the time subsequent to;
    subsequently to; after; -- usually with a past event or time
    for the object.
          The Lord hath blessed thee, since my coming. --Gen.
                                                   xxx. 30.
          I have a model by which he build a nobler poem than any
          extant since the ancients.               --Dryden.
  3. \Since\, conj.
    Seeing that; because; considering; -- formerly followed by
          Since that my penitence comes after all, Imploring
          pardon.                                  --Shak.
          Since truth and constancy are vain, Since neither love,
          nor sense of pain, Nor force of reason, can persuade,
          Then let example be obeyed.              --Granville.
    Syn: Because; for; as; inasmuch as; considering. See