un·​to | \ ˈən-(ˌ)tü How to pronounce unto (audio) \

Definition of unto

1 : to
2 used as a function word to indicate reference or concern they became a world unto themselves— Anne T. Fleming

Examples of unto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But for Yazzie, adventuring in the Navajo backcountry is a category unto its own. Sunset Magazine, 23 May 2022 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 21 July 2022 The final episode, which begins with the couple’s deaths and runs slightly more than 90 minutes, is like a film unto itself. Peter Debruge, Variety, 21 July 2022 Fermentation also piques our auditory sense, as Grace Ebert explains in this piece, and a shelf of active ferments is a sonic landscape unto itself: Burps and bubbles and hisses and pops all speak to the unseen world, bringing life to our food. Julia Skinner, Longreads, 16 July 2022 The grief essay is, or perhaps ought to be, a genre unto itself. Susan Coll, Washington Post, 5 July 2022 But again, the states are stepping unto the breach. New York Times, 2 July 2022 But off the court, woe be unto those of us trying to be hard-eyed, impartial reporters. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 June 2022 There was no big message—but the elegance of design without ego, or design that’s really about the person intended to wear it, is a message unto itself. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unto

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for unto

Middle English, probably from un- (as in until) + to to

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“Unto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unto. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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