What does hitherto mean?

Definitions for hithertoˈhɪð ərˌtu

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word hitherto.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. so far, thus far, up to now, hitherto, heretofore, as yet, yet, til now, until now(adverb)

    used in negative statement to describe a situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present time

    "So far he hasn't called"; "the sun isn't up yet"


  1. hitherto(Adverb)

    Up to this or that time.

    The Wright Brothers flew the first successful manned, powered and controlled aircraft in 1903, a feat which hitherto had not been accomplished, except by Santos-Dumont.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hitherto(adverb)

    to this place; to a prescribed limit

  2. Hitherto(adverb)

    up to this time; as yet; until now

British National Corpus

  1. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hitherto' in Adverbs Frequency: #340


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hitherto in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hitherto in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Neil Passmore:

    Iran absolutely has world class mining assets, which have hitherto been shrouded from investors, but we're in the depths of one of the darkest, worst downturns in mining for some time.

  2. Persian:

    If thou desirest ease in this life, keep thy secrets undisclosed, like the modest rosebud. Take warning from that lovely flower, which, by expanding its hitherto hidden beauties when in full bloom, gives its leaves and its happiness to the winds.

  3. C. C. Colton:

    Men of strong minds and who think for themselves, should not be discouraged on finding occasionally that some of their best ideas have been anticipated by former writers; they will neither anathematize others nor despair themselves. They will rather go on discovering things before discovered, until they are rewarded with a land hitherto unknown, an empire indisputably their own, both right of conquest and of discovery.

  4. Evelyn Waugh:

    If, for instance, they have heard something from the postman, they attribute it to a semi-official statement; if they have fallen into conversation with a stranger at a bar, they can conscientiously describe him as a source that has hitherto proved unimpeachable. It is only when the journalist is reporting a whim of his own, and one to which he attaches minor importance, that he defines it as the opinion of well-informed circles.

  5. H.P. Lovecraft, "The Call of Cthulhu":

    The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.

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  • حتى الآنArabic
  • досегаBulgarian
  • až dosud, doposudCzech
  • hidtilDanish
  • bisher, bislang, bis dato, bis dahinGerman
  • hasta este momento, hasta ahora, en ese entonces, hasta aquíSpanish
  • aiemmin, sitä ennen, tähän mennessä, siihen mennessäFinnish
  • higartilFaroese
  • jusqu'à maintenant, jusqu'ici, jusqu'à présent, jusqu'alorsFrench
  • thuige seoScottish Gaelic
  • עד כהHebrew
  • eddig, addigHungarian
  • finoraItalian
  • これまでのところ, 今まで, これまでJapanese
  • 여태Korean
  • illatenus, hactenus, hucusque, adhūcLatin
  • досегаMacedonian
  • tot dusverre, tot dusver, tot dan toe, tot nu toe, tot hiertoeDutch
  • hittilNorwegian
  • dotąd, dotychczasPolish
  • [[até]] [[agora]]/[[então]]Portuguese
  • până în acest moment, până acumRomanian
  • до сих пор, доныне, на настоящий момент, поднесь, прежде, на данный момент, пока, пока чтоRussian
  • dòsada, dòtad, dòsad, dòtadaSerbo-Croatian
  • do zdajSlovene
  • hittills, dittillsSwedish
  • ఇప్పటివరకు, అప్పటివరకుTelugu
  • o ana kadarTurkish
  • اب تکUrdu

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