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 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 Like any other hitherto unknown cuisine, there’s a culinary adventure ahead. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Equal opportunity dining: Golden Corral rounds up fine food at affordable prices," 23 Jan. 2020 Those have hitherto been sourced from giant companies like CATL, a Chinese firm which holds a large share of the global electric-vehicle-battery market. The Economist, "China has never mastered internal-combustion engines," 2 Jan. 2020 The lack of clarity over who, if anybody, will win and lose in the new pension system has opened a door for Mr. Macron’s hitherto weak political opposition and for the unions. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "With France in Uproar Over Pensions, Macron May Need One Early," 9 Dec. 2019 The exhibition is based on a hitherto undreamed-of gathering of Armenian objects of high quality. Peter Brown, The New York Review of Books, "Between Two Empires," 17 Jan. 2019 Popular music from across the continent is entering a golden age, making waves globally and helping to foster linkages across the Global South that hitherto would have been impossible unmediated by western engagement. Saratu Abiola, Quartz Africa, "What Cardi B’s Lagos and Accra visits say about travel and media representations of Africa," 13 Dec. 2019 Gas will be affordable long-term Thanks to fracking, which releases fossil fuels from hitherto impermeable shale rock, American gas is so abundant that producers can’t find enough domestic demand and are rushing to export. Kevin Crowley, Bloomberg.com, "Big Oil Prepares to Defend Big Gas as Climate Week Begins," 22 Sep. 2019 That may be a sign of more determined opposition to additional easing than recognised hitherto. The Economist, "Now Donald Trump calls the Fed’s chairman an “enemy”," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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17 Feb 2020

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“Hitherto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hitherto. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hitherto

formal : until now : before this time


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Kids Definition of hitherto

: up to this time I had hitherto lived alone.

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