Definition of “till” - English Dictionary

“till” in British English

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tillpreposition, conjunction

uk /tɪl/ us /tɪl/

A2 up to (the time that); until:

We waited till six thirty for you.
Up till 1918, women in Britain were not allowed to vote.
How long is it till the baby is due?

More examples

  • Fry the onions till they start to colour.
  • I think I can come but I won't commit myself till I know for sure.
  • I'll keep you company till the train comes.
  • Miss Edwards has confiscated my comics till the end of term!
  • Keep him off school till he stops being contagious.

tillnoun [ C ]

uk /tɪl/ us /tɪl/ UK US register

the drawer in a cash register (= a machine which records sales in a shop, and in which money is kept) or the cash register itself:

Next time you have the till open, could you give me some change?
I think these items have been rung up wrongly on the till.

tillverb [ T ]

uk /tɪl/ us /tɪl/

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

“till” in American English

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tillpreposition, conjunction

us /tɪl, təl/

up to (the time that); until:

Tell him to take it easy till we get there.

tillverb [ T ]

us /tɪl/

till verb [ T ] (PREPARE LAND)

to prepare and use land for growing crops:

to till the soil

tillnoun [ C ]

us /tɪl/

till noun [ C ] (MONEY CONTAINER)

a drawer where money is kept in a store:

fig. We suspected him of dipping into the till (= stealing money from the store).

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

“till” in Business English

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tillnoun [ C ]

uk /tɪl/ us mainly UK COMMERCE

US usually register a machine in a store or other business that records each sale and into which money paid by customers is put:

Early indications from major UK stores show that cash tills have only just improved their takings on last year.
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the place in a store, especially a large store, where you pay for your goods:

The company is analysing waiting times at checkouts to calculate how many tills should be open.
through the till(s) The volume of sales through high street tills rose by 0.6% in November.
at the till(s) Retailers claim that banning cheques has helped to reduce queues at the till.
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be on the till(s)

to work in a store receiving payment from customers, and giving them change:

Staff on the tills will be happy to offer customers information about our new range of insurance services.
have your hands/fingers in the till informal

to steal money from the company or organization you work for:

The executive was fired after he was found with his hand in the till.

(Definition of “till” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)