13.27 à partir de = from

The preposition à partir de means from (on) and is in some regard similar to depuis and dès. However, the difference is that depuis and dès describe only relation of time. A partir de can also be used spatial and figuratively.

à partir de =from
Le restaurant sera ouvert à partir de huit heures.
  The restaurant will be opened from eight o'clock.
A partir de cinq mille euros, on peut trouver de tout.
  From 5000 Euros on, one can find everything.
A partir de trois mille mètres, on a du mal à respirer.
  From (a height of) three thousand meters it is hard to breathe.

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