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 concernthey became a world unto themselves— Anne T. Fleming

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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“Unto.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unto?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=u&file=unto0001. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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