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Definitions for to
tu; unstressed tʊ, təto

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


  1. to(Adverb)

    Toward a closed, touching or engaging position.

    Please would you push the door to.

  2. to(Adverb)

    Into the wind.

  3. to(Preposition)

    In the direction of, and arriving at.

    We are walking to the shop.

  4. to(Preposition)


    Well have fun, but, word to the wise, don't let your sister take control.

  5. to(Preposition)


    ten to ten = 9:50; We're going to leave at ten to (the hour).

  6. to(Preposition)


    Stay where you're to and I'll come find you, b'y.

  7. Origin: From tō, from de. Cognate with to, zuo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. To

    the preposition to primarily indicates approach and arrival, motion made in the direction of a place or thing and attaining it, access; and also, motion or tendency without arrival; movement toward; -- opposed to from

  2. To

    hence, it indicates motion, course, or tendency toward a time, a state or condition, an aim, or anything capable of being regarded as a limit to a tendency, movement, or action; as, he is going to a trade; he is rising to wealth and honor

  3. To

    in a very general way, and with innumerable varieties of application, to connects transitive verbs with their remoter or indirect object, and adjectives, nouns, and neuter or passive verbs with a following noun which limits their action. Its sphere verges upon that of for, but it contains less the idea of design or appropriation; as, these remarks were addressed to a large audience; let us keep this seat to ourselves; a substance sweet to the taste; an event painful to the mind; duty to God and to our parents; a dislike to spirituous liquor

  4. To

    as sign of the infinitive, to had originally the use of last defined, governing the infinitive as a verbal noun, and connecting it as indirect object with a preceding verb or adjective; thus, ready to go, i.e., ready unto going; good to eat, i.e., good for eating; I do my utmost to lead my life pleasantly. But it has come to be the almost constant prefix to the infinitive, even in situations where it has no prepositional meaning, as where the infinitive is direct object or subject; thus, I love to learn, i.e., I love learning; to die for one's country is noble, i.e., the dying for one's country. Where the infinitive denotes the design or purpose, good usage formerly allowed the prefixing of for to the to; as, what went ye out for see? (Matt. xi. 8)

  5. To

    in many phrases, and in connection with many other words, to has a pregnant meaning, or is used elliptically

  6. To

    extent; limit; degree of comprehension; inclusion as far as; as, they met us to the number of three hundred

  7. To

    effect; end; consequence; as, the prince was flattered to his ruin; he engaged in a war to his cost; violent factions exist to the prejudice of the state

  8. To

    apposition; connection; antithesis; opposition; as, they engaged hand to hand

  9. To

    accord; adaptation; as, an occupation to his taste; she has a husband to her mind

  10. To

    comparison; as, three is to nine as nine is to twenty-seven; it is ten to one that you will offend him

  11. To

    addition; union; accumulation

  12. To

    accompaniment; as, she sang to his guitar; they danced to the music of a piano

  13. To

    character; condition of being; purpose subserved or office filled


  1. to

    .to is the Internet country code top-level domain of the island kingdom of Tonga. The government of Tonga sells domains in its ccTLD to any interested party. Because to is a common English preposition, it became popular to craft memorable URLs called domain hacks that take advantage of this; URL shortening/redirection services are a popular use. Other domain hacks which do not use the to as a preposition include Daniel J. Bernstein's website cr.yp.to, London web development company Potato p.ota.to, and uploading services like uloz.to. The .to ccTLD is administered by the Tonga Network Information Center. The city of Toronto, in Ontario, Canada, has TO as its nickname. Therefore, the .to extension is used by some small businesses located in Toronto, despite Canada's own .ca. As the .to domains are paid for, all normal DNS operations are possible and registered sites are not required to display ads on behalf of the registrar. Some domains are free, like .edu.to, but only to real Tongan educational institutions. At this moment businesses registered in Tonga can also get free domains. People who sell on .to domains can claim a bonus.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. To

    tōō, prep. in the direction of: in order to: as far as; in accordance with, in the character of: regarding, concerning, in connection with: expressing the end or purpose of an action, as in many uses of the gerundial infinitive, the sign of the infinitive mood: (B.) sometimes=for.—adv. to a place in view, forward: to its place, together.—To and fro, backwards and forwards. [A.S. ; Ger. zu, Goth. du.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'to' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #6

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'to' in Written Corpus Frequency: #8

How to pronounce to?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say to in sign language?

  1. to


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of to in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of to in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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  1. tototototo

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