from

from
preposition Etymology: Middle English, from Old English from, fram; akin to Old High German fram, adverb, forth, away, Old English faran to go — more at fare Date: before 12th century 1. a. — used as a function word to indicate a starting point of a physical movement or a starting point in measuring or reckoning or in a statement of limits <
came here from the city
>
<
a week from today
>
<
cost from $5 to $10
>
b. — used as a function word to indicate the starting or focal point of an activity <
called me from a pay phone
>
<
ran a business from her home
>
2. — used as a function word to indicate physical separation or an act or condition of removal, abstention, exclusion, release, subtraction, or differentiation <
protection from the sun
>
<
relief from anxiety
>
3. — used as a function word to indicate the source, cause, agent, or basis <
we conclude from this
>
<
a call from my lawyer
>
<
inherited a love of music from his father
>
<
worked hard from necessity
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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