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[sins] /sɪns/
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.
Origin of since
late Middle English
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.
Usage note
8. See as1. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ever since
  • Practically the entire town showed up, and the event has been an annual tradition ever since.
  • ever since she got it, the bench has rarely been idle.
  • We received this book as a gift last weekend and have been drooling over the pages ever since.
  • Artists have been trying to come to terms with photography's implications ever since.
  • ever since the first condors were released, crews have tracked them from afar.
  • Yet its bravado has colored the mail service ever since.
  • Persians brought the game here a thousand years ago, and it has been favored by prince and peasant ever since.
  • The soul has been a dead end in philosophy ever since the positivists unmasked its empty referential center.
  • We learned to read in first grade, and those skills have served us well ever since.
  • The museum has been under heavy police and army guard ever since.
British Dictionary definitions for ever since


during or throughout the period of time after: since May it has only rained once
conjunction (subordinating)
(sometimes preceded by ever) continuously from or starting from the time when: since we last met, important things have happened
seeing that; because: since you have no money, you can't come
since that time: he left yesterday and I haven't seen him since
Word Origin
Old English sīththan, literally: after that; related to Old High German sīd since, Latin sērus late
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Word Origin and History for ever since



early 15c., synnes, from sithenes "since," from sithen (plus adverbial genitive -es), from Old English siððan "afterward, from now on, hereafter, further, later, as soon as, after that," originally sið ðan "after that," from sið "after" (see sith) + ðan, weakened form of ðam, dative of ðæt (see that).

As a conjunction from late 14c.; as a preposition from 1510s; "from the time when," hence "as a consequence of the fact that." Modern spelling replaced syns, synnes 16c. to indicate voiceless final -s- sound. Since when? often expressing incredulity, is from 1907.

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