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until

[uhn-til] /ʌnˈtɪl/
conjunction
1.
up to the time that or when; till:
He read until his guests arrived.
2.
before (usually used in negative constructions):
They did not come until the meeting was half over.
preposition
3.
onward to or till (a specified time or occurrence):
She worked until 6 p.m.
4.
before (usually used in negative constructions):
He did not go until night.
5.
Scot. and North England. to; unto.
Origin of until
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English untill, equivalent to un- (< Old Norse unz up to, as far as) + till till1
Usage note
See till1.
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  • But until that time comes, you must look upon me as a mere spectator.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • The silence remained unbroken, until Paralus asked for music.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The host had no horses and no carriage, nor would he have until the following morning.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • Since he went to Salamis in search of you, I have not seen him until late this evening.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • It was not, however, until the 7th April 1588 that he got into trouble.

British Dictionary definitions for until

until

/ʌnˈtɪl/
conjunction (subordinating)
1.
up to (a time) that: he laughed until he cried
2.
(used with a negative) before (a time or event): until you change, you can't go out
preposition
3.
(often preceded by up) in or throughout the period before: he waited until six
4.
(used with a negative) earlier than; before: he won't come until tomorrow
Usage note
The use of until such time as (as in industrial action will continue until such time as our demands are met) is unnecessary and should be avoided: industrial action will continue until our demands are met
Word Origin
C13 untill; related to Old High German unt unto, until, Old Norse und; see till1
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Word Origin and History for until
prep.

c.1200, from Old Norse und "as far as, up to" (related to Old English end; see end) + till "until, up to" (see till (prep.)). Originally also used of persons and places. Cf. Swedish intill, Danish indtil. The Modern German equivalent, bis (Old High German biaz), is a similar compound, of Old High German bi "by, at, to" and zu "to."

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Idioms and Phrases with until
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