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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at the talent show Kyle revealed his hitherto unknown gift for doing impressions

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The great tradition of modern fiction—running from James Joyce and Virginia Woolf to Alice Munro and Karl Ove Knausgård—is for the writer to mine their own experience for narrative, finding hitherto unexpressed truths by hewing close to actuality. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Philip Roth, the Mandarin Joker," 23 May 2018 No matter which country wins the technological battle in the end, those companies that have hitherto benefited from more cordial relationship between the U.S. and China will be the biggest losers. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "The Trouble With Huawei Will Spread," 6 Dec. 2018 Kokoschka/Pro In Dresden, where Kokoschka settled after World War I, the artist’s palette brightens and his impasto technique, hitherto mostly confined to faces, hands and clothing, floods his canvases, often extending to their very corners. A.j. Goldmann, WSJ, "‘Oskar Kokoschka—Expressionist, Migrant, European. A Retrospective’ Review: Longevity as Blessing and Curse," 2 Jan. 2019 Japan, in contrast, stumbled into the second round by virtue of having received fewer yellow cards than Senegal in Group H, a hitherto unseen World Cup tiebreaker. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "World Cup 2018: Belgium Shocks Japan With Stunning Rally," 4 July 2018 Wang Qishan, who has led Mr Xi’s crackdown on corruption, was made vice-president, a hitherto ceremonial position that may now be beefed up to oversee relations with America. The Economist, "Politics this week," 22 Mar. 2018 The hitherto relied upon veterans such as Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Javi Martinez have now been replaced with the exuberance of Isco, Asensio and Saul Niguez. SI.com, "2018 FIFA World Cup Team Preview: Analysing Spain's Chances at the Tournament," 31 May 2018 Maybe a hitherto brutal dictator is looking for the survival strategy that Mr. Trump has offered. Tony Abbott, WSJ, "An Ally Sizes Up Donald Trump," 13 July 2018 In another industrial revolution, humans are making new things in novel ways into hitherto impossible shapes, using the technology of a fizzled craze: 3D printing. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "3D Printing Is the Future of Factories (for Real This Time)," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of hitherto

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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