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 The grand spirals and ellipticals in the sky were determined to be enormous, distant collections of stars well outside of the Milky Way: galaxies unto themselves. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, "How Scientists Use Hydrogen Gas, In Space And On Earth, To Measure The Big Bang," 6 Apr. 2021 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: The dawn," 4 Apr. 2021 Other than GMs — a category unto itself — no one has polarized the fan base here more than Roogie. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Kevin Sherrington’s predictions for the Rangers: Forecasting highs and lows of the 2021 season," 31 Mar. 2021 Such myth-making is the churn of the celebrity documentary, an art unto itself. Zosha Millman, Vulture, "Demi Lovato’s Documentary Is Acutely Aware of Its Image," 31 Mar. 2021 For many Americans, getting the coronavirus vaccine is a reward unto itself. Charles Passy, WSJ, "The Best Coupon In Your Wallet? Your Vaccination Card," 28 Mar. 2021 But in big cities, [law enforcement has] become an entity unto itself. Bernadette Bynoe, Scientific American, "Charles Blow Tells You How to Actually Fight Racism," 19 Mar. 2021 Another similarity: Microprocessors and batteries are not ends unto themselves, but rather technologies that enable lots of other innovation. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "17 Reasons to Let the Economic Optimism Begin," 13 Mar. 2021 Bacon is, in fact, at his most profound when objects and bodies feel like rooms unto themselves—when his faces show us geometric panoramas of their profiles, reveal to us the torn hemispheric circles of skin and the curved sinew beneath them. Sophie Madeline Dess, The Atlantic, "The Brilliance in Francis Bacon’s Early Failures," 25 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of unto was in the 14th century

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8 Apr 2021

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“Unto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unto. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unto

old-fashioned used in the past like "to"
un·​to | \ ˈən-tü How to pronounce unto (audio) \

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