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UK [ənˈtɪl] / US conjunction, preposition
Summary:

Until can be used in the following ways: - as a preposition (followed by a noun): She continued to get a salary until the end of March. - as a conjunction (connecting two clauses): I stayed there until he arrived.
Get it right: until:
Unlike till, the word until has only one "l":
Wrong: Parents are responsible for their children's actions untill they are 18.
Right: Parents are responsible for their children's actions until they are 18.
Till and until mean the same, but till is more informal.  till
1) happening or done up to a particular point in time, and then stopping

Baker is expected to be here until the end of the week.

I was employed by a manufacturing company until 1999.

You'll just have to wait until they call your name.

up until:

Up until now, everything in Katherine's life has been taken care of for her.

2) continuing as far as a particular place

Stay on the bus until the big supermarket, then get off and turn left.

Perry was leading the race until the final bend.

not (...) until — used for stating the point at which something finally happens, becomes possible, or becomes true

She went to Felix's flat at midday and did not come out until late in the evening.

They didn't see each other again until the autumn.

I cannot comment further until I have got all the information.

It was not until six o'clock that we got the first reports of trouble.


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  • until — until, till 1. Till is not a shortened form of until but is the older word; the un of until adds the element ‘up to, as far as’. The two words can both be used as prepositions (e.g. until/till tomorrow) or conjunctions (e.g. until/till we reach… …   Modern English usage

  • Until — Un*til , prep. [OE. until, ontil; un (as in unto) + til till; cf. Dan. indtil, Sw. intill. See {Unto}, and {Till}, prep.] [1913 Webster] 1. To; unto; towards; used of material objects. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Taverners until them told the same.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • until — [un til′] prep. [ME untill < un (see UNTO) + till, to, TILL1] 1. up to the time of; till (a specified time or occurrence) [until payday] 2. before (a specified time or occurrence): used with a negative [not until tomorrow] 3. Scot …   English World dictionary

  • Until — Un*til , conj. As far as; to the place or degree that; especially, up to the time that; till. See {Till}, conj. [1913 Webster] In open prospect nothing bounds our eye, Until the earth seems joined unto the sky. Dryden. [1913 Webster] But the rest …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Until — may refer to *Until s use as a computer programming language s control flow construction * Until... , the song from the film Kate Leopold …   Wikipedia

  • until — c.1200, from O.N. und as far as, up to (related to O.E. end; see END (Cf. end)) + till until, up to (see TILL (Cf. till)). Originally also used of persons and places. Cf. Swed. intill, Dan. indtil. The Mod.Ger. equivalent, bis (O.H.G. biaz …   Etymology dictionary

  • Until... — Until... is a song from the 2001 Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning film Kate Leopold , sung by Sting. The song won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and was nominated for the Academy Award in the same category …   Wikipedia

  • until — I adverb as far as, by the time that, down to, pending, til, to, to the time when, up to, up to the time of II index ad interim Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • until — [prep] just before as far as, before, before the coming, continuously, down to, in advance of, in expectation, prior to, till, to, up till, up to; concept 820 …   New thesaurus

  • until — ► PREPOSITION & CONJUNCTION ▪ up to (the point in time or the event mentioned). ORIGIN from Old Norse und as far as + TILL(Cf. ↑tillage) (the sense thus duplicated) …   English terms dictionary


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