hith·​er·​to | \ ˈhi-t͟hər-ˌtü How to pronounce hitherto (audio) , ˌhi-t͟hər-ˈtü \

Definition of hitherto

: up to this or that time reveals some hitherto unknown facts about her life

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Examples of hitherto in a Sentence

at the talent show Kyle revealed his hitherto unknown gift for doing impressions
Recent Examples on the Web Conversely, only a minority of adults are talented musicians; even fewer are skilled composers of new, hitherto unheard works. The Economist, "Johnson Is music a language, as Stevie Wonder sang?," 30 May 2020 Further improvement and development of hitherto uneconomical technologies like carbon capture (also called sequestration) are essential to hit global targets. Jeremy Hodges | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "How to Be ‘Carbon Neutral’ If You’re Not Bhutan," 6 Nov. 2019 Obama had enabled the federal government to seize hitherto unimagined powers in the global war on terrorism. Saul Elbein, The New Republic, "Hoda Muthana left the U.S. to join ISIS. Now she wants to return home to stand trial, but the Trump administration won’t let her. She is a test case for the future of birthright citizenship.," 23 Mar. 2020 That’s left disappointed fans with nothing but refunds — and a consolation prize from Lin-Manuel Miranda: a hitherto-unheard Hamilton/Washington tune called I Have This Friend, offered via a tweet. Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Presaging Hollywood Dilemma, Actors Equity Calls for Government Help as Theaters Shut Down," 13 Mar. 2020 This psychic entropy is not just compactness but also organization, hitherto unseen connections, and the sense of things fitting together without loose ends. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Natural Law and Elegant Math’," 17 Jan. 2020 So thank you, fall, because if this season's runways are any indication, color is everywhere: yellows, reds, pastels—and a whole bunch of hitherto unheard-of shades. Lisa Armstrong, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Wear Color Now," 3 June 2015

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First Known Use of hitherto

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hitherto was in the 13th century

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“Hitherto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hitherto. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hitherto

formal : until now : before this time


hith·​er·​to | \ ˈhi-t͟hər-ˌtü How to pronounce hitherto (audio) \

Kids Definition of hitherto

: up to this time I had hitherto lived alone.

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