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 growing emphasis on data visualization might seem tangential to the technology under the hood, but distilling and displaying data is not just an art and science unto itself, but an essential link in the data analytics chain. Fabio Caversan, Forbes, "Data Days: Current And Future Trends In AI And Analytics," 11 May 2021 Epic's case hinges on defining Apple as a market unto itself. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "Apple and Epic wrap up first week of their blockbuster trial. Here's what happened and what's next," 9 May 2021 Moran served as an offense unto himself, rushing for 174 yards on 16 carries and completing 8 of 12 passes for 191 yards. BostonGlobe.com, "JT Moran, Seekonk strike Gold with South Coast Conference division championship," 8 May 2021 No word would suffice to express the fluency with which these shorthand icons, which have supplanted words in texts and emails and on social media, have become a language unto themselves. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (May 9)," 6 May 2021 Despite appearances, that individual cicada will be a swarm unto itself—the insect and a community of organisms living inside it. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Surprisingly Complex Inner Lives of Cicadas," 5 May 2021 These ranchos were an economic and political system unto themselves. Los Angeles Times, "You know their names: Palos Verdes, La Brea, Sepulveda. But what were the ranchos?," 4 May 2021 Only about half the smartphones in the United States are iPhones, but Epic argues Apple’s iOS is a market unto itself. Washington Post, "Apple is going to court with Fortnite, and it could forever change how apps work," 30 Apr. 2021 Only one guy plays at a time, and waiting for work often is a job unto itself. BostonGlobe.com, "Injuries force team to lean on rookie defensemen," 10 Apr. 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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14 May 2021

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“Unto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unto. Accessed 17 May. 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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