To prepare (land) for the raising of crops, as by plowing and harrowing; cultivate.
[Middle English tillen, from Old English tilian.]
[Middle English, from Old English til, from Old Norse.]
Usage Note: Till and until are generally interchangeable in both writing and speech, though as the first word in a sentence until is usually preferred: Until you get that paper written, don't even think about going to the movies. · Till is actually the older word, with until having been formed by the addition to it of the prefix un-, meaning "up to." In the 1700s, the spelling 'till became fashionable, as if till were a shortened form of until. Although 'till is now nonstandard, 'til is sometimes used in this way and is considered acceptable, though it is etymologically incorrect.
1. A drawer, small chest, or compartment for money, as in a store.
2. A supply of money; a purse.
[Middle English tille.]
Glacial drift composed of an unconsolidated, heterogeneous mixture of clay, sand, pebbles, cobbles, and boulders.
3. dialect in order that: come here till I tell you.
[Old English til; related to Old Norse til to, Old High German zil goal, aim]
Usage: Till is a variant of until that is acceptable at all levels of language. Until is, however, often preferred at the beginning of a sentence in formal writing: until his behaviour improves, he cannot become a member
1. (Agriculture) to cultivate and work (land) for the raising of crops
[before 900; Middle English; Old English (north) til < Old Norse til to, akin to Old English till fixed point, Old High German zil goal, Gothic til opportunity. compare till2]
usage: till and until are both very old in the language and are interchangeable as both prepositions and conjunctions: It rained till (or until) nearly midnight. The savannah remained brown until (or till) the rains began.till is not a shortened form of until and is not spelled 'till.'til is usu. considered a spelling error, though commonly used in business and advertising: Open 'til ten.
1. to labor, as by plowing or harrowing, upon (land) for the raising of crops; cultivate.
2. to cultivate the soil.
[before 900; Middle English tilen, Old English tilian to strive after, get, till; c. Old Frisian tilia to cultivate, Old Saxon tilian to attain, Old High German zilēn, zilōn to hasten; akin to till1]
1. a drawer, box, or the like, in which money is kept, as in a shop.
2. a drawer, tray, or the like, as in a cabinet, chest, or desk, for keeping valuables.
[1425–75; late Middle English tylle < Anglo-French, of uncertain orig.]
glacial drift consisting of an unsorted mixture of clay, sand, gravel, and boulders.
Until and till can be prepositions or conjunctions. There is no difference in meaning between until and till. Till is more common in conversation, and is not used in formal writing.
1. used as prepositions
If you do something until or till a particular time, you stop doing it at that time.
He continued to teach until his death in 1960.
I said I'd work till 4 p.m.
If you want to emphasize that something does not stop before the time you mention, you can use up until, up till, or up to.
Up until 1950 coal provided over 90% of our energy needs.
Eleanor had not up till then taken part in the discussion.
Up to now they've had very little money.
If something does not happen until or till a particular time, it does not happen before that time.
Details will not be available until January.
We didn't get back till two.
2. used with 'after'
You can use until or till with phrases beginning with after.
He decided to wait until after Christmas to propose to Gertrude.
We didn't get home till after midnight.
Be Careful! Don't use 'until' or 'till' to say that something will have happened before a particular time. Don't say, for example, 'The work will be finished until four o'clock'. You say 'The work will be finished by four o'clock'.
By 8.05 the groups were ready.
Total sales reached 1 million by 2010.
3. used with 'from'
From is often used with until or till to say when something finishes and ends.
The ticket office will be open from 10.00am until 1.00pm.
They worked from dawn till dusk.
In sentences like these, you can use to instead of 'until' or 'till'. Some American speakers also use through.
Open daily 1000-1700 from 23rd March to 3rd November.
I was in college from 1985 through 1990.
Be Careful! You only use until or till when you are talking about time. Don't use these words to talk about position. Don't say, for example, 'She walked until the post office'. You say 'She walked as far as the post office'.
They drove as far as the Cantabrian mountains.
4. used as conjunctions
Instead of a noun phrase, you can use a subordinate clause after until or till. You often use the present simple in the subordinate clause.
They concentrate on one language until they go to university.
Stay here with me till help comes.
You can also use the present perfect in the subordinate clause.
I'll wait here until you have had your breakfast.
When you are talking about events in the past, you use the past simple or the past perfect in the subordinate clause.
The plan remained secret until it was exposed by the press.
He continued watching until I had driven off in my car.
Be Careful! Don't use a future form in the subordinate clause. Don't say, for example 'Stay here with me till help will come' or 'I'll wait here until you will have had your breakfast'.
to the time of or when. I'll wait till six o'clock; Go on till you reach the station. totdat حَتّى до(като) até až (do) bis til; indtil ωσότου, ώσπου να hasta kuni, seni kui تا؛ تا اینکه saakka jusqu'àעד जब, जब तक do, dok -ig (időben); (a)míg sampai til, þar/þangað til fino, finché ～まで (~)까지 iki, kol līdz; kamēr sampai; sehingga tottildo تر، تر هغه وخت، تر څو até până (ce) до; пока až (do) do; dokler ne do till, tills จนกระทั่ง ...-e kadar 直到...為止 до; доти, поки تک، جب تک cho tới khi 直到...为止
(in a shop etc) a container or drawer in which money is put and registered. kassier دُرْج النُّقود، حاوِيَة حِفْظ النُّقود каса caixa pokladna die Ladenkasse kasseapparat συρτάρι ταμείου, ταμειακή μηχανήcaja seif, kassa دخل kassalipas caisse מְגֵירַת כֶּסֶף ड्राइवर, जब ladica za novac, ladica blagajne kassza laci uang peningakassi cassa 現金入れ 현금 서랍 kasa kases aparāts laci duit geldladekasse, pengeskuffkasa دپيسو سندو خچه ( په دكانو كې caixa (sertar de la) casă денежныи ящик, касса pokladňa ročna blagajna kasa kassalåda, -apparat กล่องหรือลิ้นชักเก็บเงินหรือของมีค่า kasa, para çekmecesi (櫃臺中)放錢的抽屜 ,錢櫃 шухляда для грошей, каса پيسہ رکنے کي صندوق ngăn kéo để tiền 放钱的柜子或抽屉
Accept me, and in mee from these receave The smell of peace toward Mankinde, let him live Before thee reconcil'd, at least his days Numberd, though sad, till Death, his doom (which I To mitigate thus plead, not to reverse) To better life shall yeeld him, where with mee All my redeemd may dwell in joy and bliss, Made one with me as I with thee am one.
From this shop she went to a butcher's, a grocer's, and a poulterer's, till at last the porter exclaimed in despair, "My good lady, if you had only told me you were going to buy enough provisions to stock a town, I would have brought a horse, or rather a camel." The lady laughed, and told him she had not finished yet, but after choosing various kinds of scents and spices from a druggist's store, she halted before a magnificent palace, at the door of which she knocked gently.
At these words poor Ferko wept more bitterly than before, and bore the torments of hunger till the sun was high in the heavens; then he could stand it no longer, and he consented to allow his left eye to be put out and his left leg to be broken.
Often, in the still dawns, when the Bhagat would climb to the very crest of the pass to watch the red day walking along the peaks of the snows, he would find Sona shuffling and grunting at his heels, thrusting, a curious fore-paw under fallen trunks, and bringing it away with a WHOOF of impatience; or his early steps would wake Sona where he lay curled up, and the great brute, rising erect, would think to fight, till he heard the Bhagat's voice and knew his best friend.