Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • prep. Used to indicate a specified place or time as a starting point: walked home from the station; from six o'clock on. See Usage Notes at escape, whence.
  • prep. Used to indicate a specified point as the first of two limits: from grades four to six.
  • prep. Used to indicate a source, cause, agent, or instrument: a note from the teacher; taking a book from the shelf.
  • prep. Used to indicate separation, removal, or exclusion: keep someone from making a mistake; liberation from bondage.
  • prep. Used to indicate differentiation: know right from wrong.
  • prep. Because of: faint from hunger.
  • idiom from away Chiefly Maine Not native to a state or locality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • prep. With the source or provenance of or at.
  • prep. With the origin, starting point or initial reference of or at.
  • prep. With the separation, exclusion or differentiation of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prep. Out of the neighborhood of; lessening or losing proximity to; leaving behind; by reason of; out of; by aid of; -- used whenever departure, setting out, commencement of action, being, state, occurrence, etc., or procedure, emanation, absence, separation, etc., are to be expressed. It is construed with, and indicates, the point of space or time at which the action, state, etc., are regarded as setting out or beginning; also, less frequently, the source, the cause, the occasion, out of which anything proceeds; -- the antithesis and correlative of to

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Out of the limits, locality, or presence of, or connection with: expressing departure or point of departure, separation, discrimination, removal, or distance in space, time, condition, etc.
  • [Sometimes used absolutely, in the sense of distant, absent, or coming from: as, a visitor from the city.
  • As regards time, or succession in a series or in logical connection: noting the point of departure or reckoning: as, he was studious from his childhood; from that time onward.
  • As regards idea, aim, or purpose: as, such a result was far from my intention; this is aside from our object.
  • As regards state, condition, or effect: as, I am far from believing it; he is far from rich (that is, from being rich); he is a long way from being an atheist.
  • As regards direction: away from.
  • As regards point of view: out of; off.
  • Out of: expressing derivation, withdrawal, or abstraction.
  • As regards occupation, relation, or situation: as, to retire from office or from business; to return from a journey; to withdraw from society.
  • As regards a principal receptacle or place of deposit: as, to draw money from the bank; coal is dug from mines.
  • As regards a whole or mass of which a part is taken or considered.
  • As regards state or condition: as, to start from sleep; to go from bad to worse.
  • Out of the charge, custody, or possession of: as, his office or the seal was taken from him.
  • In consequence of; on account or by reason of; on the strength or by aid of; as a result of; through: as, to act from a sense of duty, or from necessity; the conclusion from these facts is evident; to argue from false premises; from what I hear, I think he is guilty.
  • [From is much used before local adverbs or prepositions used elliptically as nouns: as, from above, from below, from beneath, from behind, from beyond, from far off, etc., such phrases being used as unitary adverbs or prepositions, as in ‘from beyond Jordan,’ ‘from out of the bowels of the earth.’ From forth, from off, from out, etc., are usually transpositions: as, “from forth (forth from) his bridal bower” (Pope, Odyssey); warned from off (off from) the land.
  • From hence, from thence, from whence are pleonastic, ‘from’ being implied in the adverb; but they have long been in good use.
  • Forth; out; fro.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English fram, forward, from.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English from ("from"), from Old English from, fram ("forward, from"), from Proto-Germanic *fram (“forward, from, away”), from Proto-Indo-European *pr-, *pro-, *perəm-, *prom- (“forth, forward”), from *por- (“forward, through”). Cognate with Old Saxon fram ("from") and Old High German fram ("from"), Danish frem ("forth, forward"), Danish fra ("from"), Swedish fram ("forth, forward"), Swedish från ("from"), Icelandic fram ("forward, on"), Icelandic frá ("from"), Albanian pre, prej. More at fro. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The problem with the terminology you use is that it relates to “laws” that only pertain to this universe; from the perspective of this Universe there was, indeed, “nothing” as you use the term before it, but that does not preclude that the universe arose * from* nothing, just nothing that relates to * this* universe.

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  • My God, it grieves me greatly that you are not known, that in this savage wilderness all have not been converted to you, that sin has not been driven from it.~from Saints of the Roman Calendar by Enzo Lodi

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  • His fiction appears in markets worldwide, and he is co-editor of the _Polyphony _anthology series from Wheatland Press, as well as _All-Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories _from All-Star Stories and Wheatland Press.

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  • The monsters on the sea bed -- those flying behemoths that had defended Homeport from the demons 'attack, that had battled in a sky dark with wings and flesh, with blood falling like rain -- were a _part_ of her, created _from_ her.

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  • One of those insidious unremarkable words which becomes grotesque when you think too much about it.

    November 7, 2008