un·​to ˈən-(ˌ)tü How to pronounce unto (audio)
: to
used as a function word to indicate reference or concern
they became a world unto themselvesAnne T. Fleming

Examples of unto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spotting celebs in the stands at the US Open is a sport unto itself. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, 9 Feb. 2024 The soundtrack, packed with Britpop bangers and indie ballads timed to coincide loosely with the date of each episode, is a delight unto itself. TIME, 6 Feb. 2024 All this is done in an effort to power Rick's spaceship, which is a talkative, sassy character unto herself, tasked with keeping Summer safe in an alien parking lot. Huntley Woods and Christian Holub, EW.com, 17 Oct. 2023 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life? Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 29 Jan. 2024 Just getting into the prime positions on Google is a business unto itself known as search engine optimization, or SEO. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 18 Jan. 2024 At the heart of it all, the binaural microphone is a character unto itself — critical to creating the immersive experience. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 12 Jan. 2024 At least the van’s bumper has been rendered triumphantly trapezoidal, a true beacon unto the more privileged children driving to school in shiny, perfect sports cars. Heather Havrilesky, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2023 Few producers are a brand unto their own; Packer, 49, is among them, like Jerry Bruckheimer and Tyler Perry. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Unto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unto. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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