\ , tu̇ , ˈtü \

Definition of to 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a 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 citywent back to the original ideawent to lunch

b used as a function word to indicate direction a mile to the southturned his back to the doora tendency to silliness

c used as a function word to indicate contact or proximity applied polish to the tableput 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

2a used as a function word to indicate purpose, intention, tendency, result, or end came to our aiddrink to his health

b used as a function word to indicate the result of an action or a process broken all to piecesgo to seedto their surprise, the train left on time

3 used as a function word to indicate position or relation in time: such as

a : before five minutes to five

b : until sense 2 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 doordanced to live musiccomes to her call

5 used as a function word (1) to indicate the extent or degree (as of completeness or accuracy) loyal to a mangenerous 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

6a 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 tasteto my knowledge

c used as a function word to indicate a proportion in terms of numbers or quantities 400 to the boxodds of ten to one

7a used as a function word (1) to indicate the application of an adjective or a noun agreeable to everyoneattitude to friendstitle 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

to

adverb
\ ˈtü \

Definition of to (Entry 2 of 3)

1a 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 : to a state of consciousness or awareness brings her to with smelling salts

3a : 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 (King James Version)

4 used as a function word to indicate application or attention will stand to —William Shakespeare

5 : at hand : by get to see 'em close to —Richard Llewellyn

Definition of TO (Entry 3 of 3)

1 table of organization

2 traditional orthography

3 turnover

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Synonyms & Antonyms for to

Synonyms: Preposition

ahead of, before, ere, of, previous to, prior to

Antonyms: Preposition

after, following

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Examples of to in a Sentence

Preposition

right now it's 25 minutes to 10:00

Adverb

The wind blew the door to.

First Known Use of to

Preposition

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for to

Preposition

Middle English, from Old English ; akin to Old High German zuo to, Latin donec as long as, until

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English Language Learners Definition of to

 (Entry 1 of 2)

—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

to

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of to (Entry 2 of 2)

: into a state of being awake or conscious

: into a position that is closed or almost closed

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Kids Definition of to

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : in the direction of I'm walking to school.

2 : against sense 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 : before entry 2 sense 2 Meet me at ten to six.

6 : until entry 1 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.

to

adverb
\ ˈtü \

Kids Definition of to (Entry 2 of 2)

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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