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Meaning of “until” in the English Dictionary

"until" in British English

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untilpreposition, conjunction

uk   us   /ənˈtɪl/ /ˈʌn-/ (also till)
  • until preposition, conjunction (TIME)

A1 up to (the ​time that): I was up until three o'clock ​trying to get it ​finished! Shouldn't we ​wait until Antony's here?not until B1 not before a ​particulartime or ​event: We didn't ​eat till past ​midnight. Once he ​startspainting a ​room he won't ​stop until it's done.

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

"until" in American English

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untilpreposition, conjunction

 us   /ənˌtɪl, ʌn-, ən-/ (also till)
  • until preposition, conjunction (TIME)

up to the ​statedtime: I was up until 3 a.m.
  • until preposition, conjunction (DISTANCE)

as ​far as: Stay on the ​bus until 57th ​Street and then ​walk one ​blockwest.
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