Meaning of “hence” in the English Dictionary

"hence" in British English

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uk /hens/ us /hens/ formal

hence adverb (THEREFORE)

C1 that is the reason or explanation for:

His mother was Italian, hence his name - Luca.

More examples

  • Peter's leaving at the end of this week - hence his anxiety to get his work finished.
  • The prime minister was attending the conference, hence all the extra security.
  • He's just got a pay rise, hence the new car.
  • She's just found out she failed her exams, hence her bad mood.
  • The firm is owned by Mark Atkins, hence the name - MA Advertising.

(Definition of “hence” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hence" in American English

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henceadverb [ not gradable ]

us /hens/ fml

hence adverb [ not gradable ] (THEREFORE)

for this reason; therefore:

hence adverb [ not gradable ] (FROM NOW)

from this time:

The project should be completed by next March, six months hence.

(Definition of “hence” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)