Pronunciation Preposition
  1. Until; to, up to; as late as (a given time).
    She stayed till the very end.
    It's twenty till two. (1:40)
    I have to work till eight o'clock tonight.
    • 1854, Prof. John Wilson, The Genius and Character of Burns, p.194 (Google preview) ↗:
      Similar sentiments will recur to everyone familiar with his writings all through them till the very end.
  2. (obsolete) To, up to (physically).
    They led him till his tent
  3. (dialectal) To make it possible that.
    • 1953?, Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
      VLADIMIR: Together again at last! We'll have to celebrate this. But how? (He reflects.) Get up till I embrace you.
  • (until) til (nonstandard), 'til (nonstandard), until
  • French: jusqu'à
  • German: bis
  • Italian: fino a, fino a che, fintanto, fintantochè, finattantochè, finchè
  • Portuguese: até
  • Russian: до
  • Spanish: hasta, hasta que
  1. Until, until the time that.
    Maybe you can, maybe you can't: you won't know till you try.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Song of Solomon 2:7 ↗:
      I charge you, O ye daughters of Ierusalem, by the Roes, and by the hindes of the field, that ye stirre not vp, nor awake my loue, till she please.
    • 1846, Edward Lear, The Book of Nonsense:
      She twirled round and round, / Till she sunk underground, […]
    • 1912, anonymous, Punky Dunk and the Mouse, P.F. Volland & Co.:
      And the Mouse sat and laughed till he cried.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: jusqu'à
  • German: bis
  • Italian: fino a, fino a che
  • Portuguese: até
  • Russian: пока́ не
  • Spanish: hasta que

till (plural tills)

  1. A cash register.
  2. A removable box within a cash register containing the money.
    Pull all the tills and lock them in the safe.
  3. The contents of a cash register, for example at the beginning or end of the day or of a cashier's shift.
    My count of my till was 30 dollars short.
  4. (obsolete) A tray or drawer in a chest.
Translations Translations
  • Italian: comparto contanti
  • Russian: де́нежный
Translations Verb

till (tills, present participle tilling; past and past participle tilled)

  1. (transitive) To develop so as to improve or prepare for usage; to cultivate (said of knowledge, virtue, mind etc.).
  2. (transitive) To work or cultivate or plough (soil); to prepare for growing vegetation and crops.
  3. (intransitive) To cultivate soil.
  4. (obsolete) To prepare; to get.
Translations Noun


  1. glacial drift consisting of a mixture of clay, sand, pebbles and boulders
  2. (dialect) manure or other material used to fertilize land
  • French: till, tillite
  • Italian: materiale alluvionale
Translations Noun

till (plural tills)

  1. A vetch; a tare.

Proper noun
  1. A river in Northumberland, England, tributary to the Tweed.
    • Traditional saying:
      Tweed says to Till:
      "What gars ye rin sae still ?"
      Till says to Tweed:
      "Tho ye rin wi' speed
      And I rin slaw
      Whar ye droon ae man,
      I droon twa !"

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