Definition of “from” - Learner’s Dictionary


preposition us uk strong /frɒm/ weak /frəm/

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.

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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.

A1 used to say how far away something is:

The hotel is about 15 kilometres from the coast.

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?

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.

A1 used to say where something was produced or grown:

These vegetables are fresh from the garden.

A2 used to say what something is made of:

juice made from oranges

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.

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.

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.

B2 used to say what causes something:

Deaths from heart disease continue to rise every year.

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?
from now/then, etc on

starting now/then, etc and continuing into the future:

They were good friends from that day on.

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