WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
till1 /tɪl/USA pronunciation   prep. 
  1. up to the time of;
    until:to fight till death.
  2. (used with a negative word or phrase) before;
    until:They didn't come till today.
  3. Dialect Termsbefore;
    to:My watch says ten till four.

  1. until:Till we meet again, I'll be thinking of you.

till2 /tɪl/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. Agricultureto work on (land), as by plowing, etc., to raise crops;
till•a•ble, adj. 

till3 /tɪl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a drawer, box, or the like, in which money is kept, as in a shop.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
till1  (til),USA pronunciation prep. 
  1. up to the time of;
    until:to fight till death.
  2. before (used in negative constructions):He did not come till today.
  3. near or at a specified time:till evening.
  4. Dialect Terms[Chiefly Midland, Southern, and Western U.S.]before;
    to:It's ten till four on my watch.
  5. Scottish Terms
    • to.
    • unto.

  1. to the time that or when;
  2. before (used in negative constructions).
  • Old Norse til to, akin to Old English till station, German Ziel goal. See till2
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English (north) til
    Till1 and until are both old in the language and are interchangeable as both prepositions and conjunctions:It rained till(or until) nearly midnight. The savannah remained brown and lifeless until (or till) the rains began. Till is not a shortened form of until and is not spelled 'till. 'Til is usually considered a spelling error, though widely used in advertising:Open 'til ten.

till2 (til),USA pronunciation  v.t. 
  1. Agricultureto labor, as by plowing or harrowing, upon (land) for the raising of crops;
  2. Agricultureto plow.

  1. Agricultureto cultivate the soil.
  • bef. 900; Middle English tilen, Old English tilian to strive after, get, till; cognate with Dutch telen to breed, cultivate, German zielen to aim at

till3 (til),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. a drawer, box, or the like, as in a shop or bank, in which money is kept.
  2. Furniturea drawer, tray, or the like, as in a cabinet or chest, for keeping valuables.
  3. Furniturean arrangement of drawers or pigeonholes, as on a desk top.
  • 1425–75; late Middle English tylle, noun, nominal use of tylle to draw, Old English -tyllan (in fortyllan to seduce); akin to Latin dolus trick, Greek dólos bait (for fish), any cunning contrivance, treachery

till4 (til),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. Geologyglacial drift consisting of an unassorted mixure of clay, sand, gravel, and boulders.
  2. Geologya stiff clay.
  • origin, originally uncertain 1665–75

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till /tɪl/ conj , prep
  1. Also (not standard): 'til
    short for until
Etymology: Old English til; related to Old Norse til to, Old High German zil goal, aim
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

till /tɪl/ vb (transitive)
  1. to cultivate and work (land) for the raising of crops
  2. another word for plough
Etymology: Old English tilian to try, obtain; related to Old Frisian tilia to obtain, Old Saxon tilōn to obtain, Old High German zilōn to hasten towards

ˈtillable adj ˈtiller n
till /tɪl/ n
  1. a box, case, or drawer into which the money taken from customers is put, now usually part of a cash register
Etymology: 15th Century tylle, of obscure origin
till /tɪl/ n
  1. an unstratified glacial deposit consisting of rock fragments of various sizes. The most common is boulder clay
Etymology: 17th Century: of unknown origin

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Collocations: was caught dipping into the [company, store] till, [put, counted] the money in the till, took the change out of the till, more...

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