from then till now (often preceded by ever ): He was elected in 1978 and has been president ever since.
between a particular past time and the present; subsequently: She at first refused, but has since consented.
ago; before now: long since.
continuously from or counting from: It has been warm since noon.
between a past time or event and the present: There have been many changes since the war.
in the period following the time when: He has written once since he left.
continuously from or counting from the time when: He has been busy since he came.
because; inasmuch as: Since you're already here, you might as well stay.

1400–50; late Middle English syns, sinnes (adv.) thereupon, afterwards, Middle English sithenes (adv. and conjunction) afterwards, from (the specified time), because, equivalent to sithen after that, since (Old English siththan, orig. sīth thām after that; see sith) + -es -s1

8. See because.

8. See as1. Unabridged
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since (sɪns)
1.  during or throughout the period of time after: since May it has only rained once
2.  (sometimes preceded by ever) continuously from or starting from the time when: since we last met, important things have happened
3.  seeing that; because: since you have no money, you can't come
4.  since that time: he left yesterday and I haven't seen him since

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., synnes, from sithenes "since," from sithen (plus adverbial genitive -es), from O.E. siððan "then, later, after that," originally sið ðan "after that," from sið "after" + ðan, weakened form of ðam, dative of ðæt (see that). Modern
spelling replaced syns, synnes 16c. to indicate voiceless final -s- sound. O.E. sið is from PIE *se- "long, late" (cf. Ger. seit "since," Goth. seiþus "late," Skt. sayam "in the evening," L. serus "late").
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Idioms & Phrases


see greatest thing since sliced bread.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Make sure the location has good drainage, since you don't want water to collect
  around the frame after every rain.
Since oxygen is decreasing, temperature is gradually rising.
Since cheaters are rarely caught red-handed, scientists devised a plan to catch
  them with the packaging inside their bodies.
Exercise might help do that since it can enhance mood.
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