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1to

preposition \tə, t, ˈtü\

—used to indicate the place, person, or thing that someone or something moves toward

—used to indicate the place where someone participates in a particular activity

—used to indicate the direction of something

Full Definition of TO

1
a —used as a function word to indicate movement or an action or condition suggestive of movement toward a place, person, or thing reached <drove to the city> <went back to the original idea> <went to lunch>
b —used as a function word to indicate direction <a mile to the south> <turned his back to the door> <a tendency to silliness>
c —used as a function word to indicate contact or proximity <applied polish to the table> <put her hand to her heart>
d (1) —used as a function word to indicate the place or point that is the far limit <100 miles to the nearest town>
(2) —used as a function word to indicate the limit of extent <stripped to the waist>
e —used as a function word to indicate relative position <perpendicular to the floor>
2
a —used as a function word to indicate purpose, intention, tendency, result, or end <came to our aid> <drink to his health>
b —used as a function word to indicate the result of an action or a process <broken all to pieces> <go to seed> <to their surprise, the train left on time>
3
—used as a function word to indicate position or relation in time: as
a :  before <five minutes to five>
b :  till <from eight to five> <up to now>
4
—used as a function word to indicate addition, attachment, connection, belonging, possession, accompaniment, or response <the key to the door> <danced to live music> <comes to her call>
5
—used as a function word (1) to indicate the extent or degree (as of completeness or accuracy) <loyal to a man> <generous to a fault> or the extent and result (as of an action or a condition) <beaten to death> (2) to indicate the last or an intermediate point of a series <moderate to cool temperatures>
6
a —used as a function word (1) to indicate a relation to one that serves as a standard <inferior to her earlier works> (2) to indicate similarity, correspondence, dissimilarity, or proportion <compared him to a god>
b —used as a function word to indicate agreement or conformity <add salt to taste> <to my knowledge>
c —used as a function word to indicate a proportion in terms of numbers or quantities <400 to the box> <odds of ten to one>
7
a —used as a function word (1) to indicate the application of an adjective or a noun <agreeable to everyone> <attitude to friends> <title to the property> (2) to indicate the relation of a verb to its complement or to a complementary element <refers to the traditions> (3) to indicate the receiver of an action or the one for which something is done or exists <gives a dollar to the man> and often used with a reflexive pronoun to indicate exclusiveness (as of possession) or separateness <had the house to themselves>
b —used as a function word to indicate agency <falls to his opponent's blows>
8
—used as a function word to indicate that the following verb is an infinitive <wants to go> and often used by itself at the end of a clause in place of an infinitive suggested by the preceding context <knows more than she seems to>
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Examples of TO

  1. <right now it's 25 minutes to 10:00>

Origin of TO

Middle English, from Old English tō; akin to Old High German zuo to, Latin donec as long as, until
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to TO

Synonyms
afore [chiefly dialect], ahead of, ere, fore (also 'fore) [chiefly dialect], of, previous to, prior to, before
Antonyms
after, following

2to

adverb \ˈtü\

: into a state of being awake or conscious

: into a position that is closed or almost closed

Full Definition of TO

1
a —used as a function word to indicate direction toward <run to and fro>
b :  close to the wind <the gale having gone over, we came to — R. H. Dana>
2
a :  into contact especially with the frame —used of a door or a window <the door snapped to>
b —used as a function word to indicate physical application or attachment <he…hath set to his seal — John 3:33(Authorized Version)>
3
—used as a function word to indicate application or attention <will stand to — Shakespeare>
4
:  to a state of consciousness or awareness <brings her to with smelling salts>
5
:  at hand :  by <get to see 'em close to — Richard Llewellyn>

Examples of TO

  1. The wind blew the door to.

First Known Use of TO

before 12th century

TO

abbreviation

Definition of TO

1
table of organization
2
traditional orthography
3
turnover
TO Defined for Kids

1to

preposition \tə, ˈtü\

Definition of TO for Kids

1
:  in the direction of <I'm walking to school.>
2
:  against 4, on <Apply salve to the burn.>
3
:  as far as <It fell from the top to the bottom.> <Water was up to my waist.>
4
:  so as to become or bring about <You broke it to pieces!>
5
:  2before 2 <Meet me at ten to six.>
6
:  1until <The café is open from six to noon.>
7
:  fitting or being a part of or response to <I found a key to the lock.> <What do you say to that?>
8
:  along with <Skip to the music.>
9
:  in relation to or comparison with <This one is similar to that one.> <We won ten to six.>
10
:  in agreement with <It's made to order.>
11
:  within the limits of <There's no more to my knowledge.>
12
:  contained, occurring, or included in <There are two pints to a quart.>
13
—used to show the one or ones that an action is directed toward <He spoke to my parents.> <I gave it to them.>
14
:  for no one except <We had the room to ourselves.>
15
:  into the action of <We got to talking.>
16
—used to mark an infinitive <I like to swim.>

Headscratcher for TO

You might think that more than two to's is too many, but in English we have three: to, two, and too!

2to

adverb \ˈtü\

Definition of TO for Kids

1
:  in a direction toward <They ran to and fro.>
2
:  to a conscious state <The driver came to an hour after the accident.>

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