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from

preposition
 
 
strong /frɒm/ weak /frəm/
STARTING PLACE A1 used to show the place, time, or level that someone or something started at: Did you walk all the way from Bond Street? The museum is open from 9.30 to 6.00, Tuesday to Sunday. Prices start from $5,595.From, out and outside
HOME A1 used to say where someone was born, or where someone lives or works: His mother's originally from Poland. Our speaker tonight is from the BBC.
DISTANCE A1 used to say how far away something is: The hotel is about 15 kilometres from the coast.
GIVING A1 used to say who gave or sent something to someone: Have you received a Christmas card from Faye yet? What beautiful flowers! Who are they from?
REMOVING If you take something from a person, place, or amount, you take it away: Two from ten leaves eight. We had to borrow some money from my father to pay the bill. He took a knife from the drawer.
PRODUCED A1 used to say where something was produced or grown: These vegetables are fresh from the garden.
MATERIAL A2 used to say what something is made of: juice made from oranges
AVOID B2 used to show something that you want to avoid or prevent: There's a bar across the front to prevent you from falling out.
POSITION B2 used to show where you are when you look at something or how you see something: The view from the top was absolutely breathtaking. From the company's point of view, this is an excellent opportunity.From, out and outside
REASON used to say why you think or believe something: I guessed from her accent that she must be French. From what I've heard, the new exam is going to be a lot more difficult.
CAUSE B2 used to say what causes something: Deaths from heart disease continue to rise every year. He was rushed to hospital suffering from severe burns.
COMPARE B1 used when you are saying how similar or different two things, people, or places are: College is very different from school.
a week/six months/ten years, etc from now a week/six months/ten years, etc after the time when you are speaking: Who knows what we'll all be doing five years from now?Starting from a particular timeBefore, after and alreadyAfter and behind
from now/then, etc on starting now/then, etc and continuing into the future: They were good friends from that day on.Starting from a particular time
(Definition of from from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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