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to

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preposition \tə, tu̇, ˈtü\

Definition of to

  1. 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 city went back to the original idea went to lunchb —used as a function word to indicate direction a mile to the south turned his back to the door a tendency to sillinessc —used as a function word to indicate contact or proximity applied polish to the table put her hand to her heartd (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 waiste —used as a function word to indicate relative position perpendicular to the floor

  2. 2a —used as a function word to indicate purpose, intention, tendency, result, or end came to our aid drink to his healthb —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. 3 —used as a function word to indicate position or relation in time: such asa :  before five minutes to fiveb :  until 2 from eight to five up to now

  4. 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. 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. 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 godb —used as a function word to indicate agreement or conformity add salt to taste to my knowledgec —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. 7a —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 themselvesb —used as a function word to indicate agency falls to his opponent's blows

  8. 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

Examples of to in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of to

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


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to

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adverb \ˈtü\

Definition of to

  1. 1a —used as a function word to indicate direction toward run to and frob :  close to the wind the gale having gone over, we came to — R. H. Dana

  2. 2 :  to a state of consciousness or awareness brings her to with smelling salts

  3. 3a :  into contact especially with the frame —used of a door or a window the door snapped tob —used as a function word to indicate physical application or attachment he … hath set to his seal — John 3:33 (King James Version)

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

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

Examples of to in a Sentence

  1. The wind blew the door to.

First Known Use of to

before 12th century


TO

abbreviation

Definition of TO

  1. 1 table of organization

  2. 2 traditional orthography

  3. 3 turnover


TO Defined for English Language Learners

to

play
preposition

Definition of to for English Language Learners

  • —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

play
adverb

Definition of to for English Language Learners

  • : into a state of being awake or conscious

  • : into a position that is closed or almost closed


TO Defined for Kids

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to

play
preposition \tə, ˈtü\

Definition of to for Students

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

  2. 2 :  against 4, on Apply salve to the burn.

  3. 3 :  as far as It fell from the top to the bottom. Water was up to my waist.

  4. 4 :  so as to become or bring about You broke it to pieces!

  5. 5 :  2before 2 Meet me at ten to six.

  6. 6 :  1until The café is open from six to noon.

  7. 7 :  fitting or being a part of or response to I found a key to the lock. What do you say to that?

  8. 8 :  along with Skip to the music.

  9. 9 :  in relation to or comparison with This one is similar to that one. We won ten to six.

  10. 10 :  in agreement with It's made to order.

  11. 11 :  within the limits of There's no more to my knowledge.

  12. 12 :  contained, occurring, or included in There are two pints to a quart.

  13. 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. 14 :  for no one except We had the room to ourselves.

  15. 15 :  into the action of We got to talking.

  16. 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!


2

to

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adverb \ˈtü\

Definition of to for Students

  1. 1 :  in a direction toward They ran to and fro.

  2. 2 :  to a conscious state The driver came to an hour after the accident.



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