To

Definitions

  • A boy feeds a cherry to another boy
    A boy feeds a cherry to another boy
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To Accompaniment; as, she sang to his guitar; they danced to the music of a piano.
    • To Accord; adaptation; as, an occupation to his taste; she has a husband to her mind.
    • To Addition; union; accumulation.
    • To Apposition; connection; antithesis; opposition; as, they engaged hand to hand.
    • 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 . "Then longen folk to go on pilgrimages,
      And palmers for to seeken strange stranders."
    • To Character; condition of being; purpose subserved or office filled.
    • To Comparison; as, three is to nine as nine is to twenty-seven; it is ten to one that you will offend him.
    • 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.
    • To Extent; limit; degree of comprehension; inclusion as far as; as, they met us to the number of three hundred.
    • 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.
    • 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. "Marks and points out each man of us to slaughter.""Whilst they, distilled
      Almost to jelly with the act of fear,
      Stand dumb and speak not to him."
      "Add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.""I have a king's oath to the contrary.""Numbers were crowded to death.""Fate and the dooming gods are deaf to tears.""Go, buckle to the law."
    • To In many phrases, and in connection with many other words, to has a pregnant meaning, or is used elliptically.
    • 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. "To Canterbury they wend.""Stay with us, go not to Wittenberg.""So to the sylvan lodge
      They came, that like Pomona's arbor smiled."
      "I'll to him again, . . . He'll tell me all his purpose.
      She stretched her arms to heaven."
    • To to spend more than one's income; to get into debt.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

To grow. N.A. Indian To grow. N.A. Indian
Example. To ride Example. To ride
YOUNG LAMBS TO SELL YOUNG LAMBS TO SELL
Citadel To-day Citadel To-day
Frontenac Terrace To-Day Frontenac Terrace To-Day
Winny to Annie Winny to Annie
Not to be Caught Not to be Caught
"HIS WIFE WENT WHITE TO THE LIPS." "HIS WIFE WENT WHITE TO THE LIPS."

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When an orange is shown in any of the "Godfather" movies, this means that someone is about to die or a close call is to occur.
    • to A word used to express the relation of direction or tendency, with many modified and related senses.
    • to In the direction of; unto; toward: indicating direction or motion toward a place, point, goal, state, condition, or position, or toward something to be done or to be treated: opposed to from.
    • to As far as: indicating a point or limit reached or to be reached in space, time, or degree; expressing extent of continuance, or proceeding, or degree of comprehension, or inclusion.
    • to For; unto: indicating an actual or supposed limit to movement or action, or denoting destination, design, purpose, or aim: as, the horse is broken to saddle or harness.
    • to Unto: indicating a result or effect produced; denoting a consequence or end: as, he was flattered to his ruin; it was reported to her shame.
    • to Upon; besides: denoting addition, contribution, or possession.
    • to Upon; on: denoting contact, junction, or union.
    • to Compared with: denoting comparison, proportion, or measure. Hence it is used in a strictly limited sense in expressing ratios or proportions: as, three is to twelve as four is to sixteen.
    • to Against; over against: denoting opposition, contrast, or antithesis: as, to wager three to one; they engaged hand to hand.
    • to In accordance, congruity, or harmony with: denoting agreement, adaptation, or adjustment: as, a plan drawn to scale; painted to the life.
    • to In accompaniment with: as, she sang to his guitar.
    • to In the character, quality, or shape of; for; as.
    • to Regarding; concerning: as to: denoting relation: as, to plead to the charge; to speak to the question.
    • to Denoting application or attention: as, he fell to work.
    • to In connection with; appurtenant: denoting attribution, appurtenance, or belonging: as, a cap with a tassel to it.
    • to In a great variety of cases to supplies the place of the dative in other languages: it connects transitive verbs with their indirect or distant objects, and adjectives, nouns, and neuter or passive verbs with a following noun which limits their action.
    • to After adjectives, it points to the person or thing with respect to which, or in whose interest, a quality is shown or perceived: as, a substance sweet to the taste; an event painful to the mind.
    • to To is used as ordinary “sign” of the infinitive (like the corresponding zu in German, à and de in French, a and di in Italian, att in Swedish, etc). In Anglo-Saxon, the verbal noun after tō took a special dative form—e. g., tō etanne, ‘to or for eating’—distinguishing it from the simple intinitive, as etan; but this distinction of form has been long since lost, and the two constructions have also been confounded and mixed.
    • to To is not used before the infinitive after the ordinary auxiliaries, as do, will, can, may, etc.; also not after various other verbs, as, see, hear, let, etc.; while after a few it is sometimes omitted or sometimes retained against more common usage to the contrary. After a noun or an adjective to is always used.
    • to To was formerly used even after another preposition, especially for, and is still so used dialectally and vulgarly: as, what are you going for to do? Rarely after other prepositions, as from; but very commonly after about, about to signifying immediate futurity: as, he is about to go.
    • to After be and have, the infinitive with to denotes something future, especially with the implication of duty or necessity: as, it is still to do (or to be done); I have it to do (or have to do it).
    • to Colloquially, an inflnitive after to, when it is a repetition of a preceding inflnitive, is often omitted: as, I don't go because I don't wish to.
    • to In various obsolete, provincial, or colloquial uses: after; against; at; by; for; in; of; on; with; before; etc.
    • to To a place in view; forward; on.
    • to To the thing to be done: denoting motion and application to a thing.
    • to To its place; together: denoting the joining or closing of something separated or open: as, shut the door to.
    • to In a certain direction: as, sloped to.
    • to Till.
    • to An old spelling of too, toe, two.
    • n to A Japanese grain and liquid measure containing 1097.52 cubic inches, or a little less than half an imperial bushel.
    • n to A prefix of Anglo-Saxon origin, being the preposition and adverb to so used: as in toname. In to-day, to-morrow, to-month, to-night, to-year, it is not properly a prefix, but the preposition coalesced with its noun. In to-ward it is the adverb as the principal element, with suffix -ward.
    • n to A prefix of Anglo-Saxon origin, meaning ‘apart, away,’ and denoting separation, negation, or intensity It is common in Anglo-Saxon and Middle English, but is almost wholly obsolete in English. A relic of its use remains in the archaic all to used as a quasi-adverb in all to break, all to split, all to broken, etc., where the adverb is really all, and to is properly a prefix of the verb, tobreak, tosplit, etc., in early modern English separated from the verb (being in Middle English, like other prefixes, commonly written separate), and often written with all as one word, alto, taken as an adverb qualifying the verb. (See all, adv., 1.) Such verbs are properly written without a hyphen; examples are tobeat, tobear, tobits, toblast toblow, toburst (tobrest), tobruise, todeal, tofall. This prefix is often confused, by readers and editors of Middle English texts, with the preposition to, the sign of the infinitive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Watermelons are a popular gift to bring to a host in China or Japan
    • prep To tōō 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:
    • adv To to a place in view, forward: to its place, together
    • prep To tōō (B.) sometimes=for
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Quotations

  • Virgil
    Virgil
    “Trust not to much to appearances.”
  • Confucius
    Confucius
    “What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others.”
  • Nigel Lawson
    Nigel Lawson
    “To govern is to choose. To appear to be unable to choose is to appear to be unable to govern.”
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Fyodor%20Dostoevsky
    “To live without Hope is to Cease to live.”
  • Sir William Osler
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    “We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it.”
  • Mark Van Doren
    Mark Van Doren
    “To fail to love is not to exist at all.”

Idioms

A long row to hoe - Something that is a long row to hoe is a difficult task that takes a long time.
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Accident waiting to happen - If something is an accident waiting to happen, there's definitely going to be an accident or it's bound to go wrong. ('Disaster waiting to happen' is also used.)
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Add fuel to the fire - If people add fuel to the fire, they make a bad situation worse.
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Add insult to injury - When people add insult to injury, they make a bad situation even worse.
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All dressed up and nowhere to go - You're prepared for something that isn't going to happen.
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All roads lead to Rome - This means that there can be many different ways of doing something.
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All things to all people - When we try to be all things to all people, we try to satifsy everyone, and often end up satisfying no one.
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Armed to the teeth - If people are armed to the teeth, they have lots of weapons.
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As the actress said to the bishop - (UK) This idiom is used to highlight a sexual reference, deliberate or accidental.
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Axe to grind - If you have an axe to grind with someone or about something, you have a grievance, a resentment and you want to get revenge or sort it out. In American English, it is 'ax'.
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Back to back - If things happen back to back, they are directly one after another.
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Back to square one - If you are back to square one, you have to start from the beginning again.
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Back to the drawing board - If you have to go back to the drawing board, you have to go back to the beginning and start something again.
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Back to the salt mines - If someone says they have to go back to the salt mines, they have to return, possibly unwillingly, to work.
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Back to the wall - If you have your back to the wall, you are in a difficult situation with very little room for manoeuvre.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. ,; akin to OS. & OFries. , D. toe, G. zu, OHG. zuo, zua, , Russ. do, Ir. & Gael. do, OL. -do, -du, as in endo, indu, in, Gr. , as in homeward. √200. Cf. Too Tatoo a beat of drums
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ; Ger. zu, Goth. du.

Usage

In literature:

Deacon Snow seems to think you are to be called to that field, when you are ready to be called.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
To shout aloud, to dance, to run wildly to and fro, would have been only too possible to her just then.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Happy they whose part it is to endure and to conceal, rather than to inflict, and to strive uselessly to repair!
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Its evil effects are to be found by turning to those who fail to get entrance to it.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
But the last words my Polly tells me to say to you was to keep up your courage and not to mind my growling.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
The words sent a chill to the heart of one born to hope, to will, to crave.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
There is no choice left to me except either to leap down into the abyss, or to allow myself to be torn to pieces by the wolves.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Ali Baba's son thought it was necessary to make some return to these civilities, and pressed his father to invite Cogia Hassan to supper.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
To-whew, to-whew; to-whew, to-whew; whew-to-to, whew-to-to, whew, to-whew.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
They have requested me to hand it to Clay for presentation, and to back it with any remarks I may think proper to offer.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
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In poetry:

Fingers, going to and fro,
To and fro, to and fro,
Do you know the path you go,
To and fro, to and fro?
"Puzzled Stiches" by Hazel Hall
CLARIN. Because to-day is not his day.
Mine it is, sir, to his sorrow.
So your message I will bear.
Moscon can't to-day go there;
He will have his turn to-morrow.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
God is benign to all that beg his aid,
To ev'ry one that asks, he freely grants,
He gives to all, and never does upbraid,
He gives abundantly, to each that wants.
"Advice To Prepare Ourselves, Before We Come To Worship God In Public" by Rees Prichard
Oh, it’s back to Killarney, the glow and the gleam of it,
Back to Killarney for me;
Back to Killarney, the vision and dream of it,
Back to Killarney, my own countrie!
"Back To Killarney" by Clinton Scollard
I have no heart to write verses to May;
I have no heart—yet I’m cheerful today;
I have no heart—she has won mine away
So—I have no heart to write verses to May.
"To May" by Ellis Parker Butler
Let us then give, what we've to give, to-day,
(Perhaps to-morrow we of nought can boast)
To the distress'd, their hunger to allay,
And unto those that want assistance most.
"Advice To Distribute To The Poor, According To Every One's Circumstances And Abilities" by Rees Prichard

In news:

New mines are looking to Ottawa to allow them to bring workers from China after failing to tempt Canadian workers to sign on.
To the Readers' Forum: A Fantasy Follows: Due to the inability of Congress to work together over budget matters, and the failure of executive leadership to receive the ended cooperation necessary to.
The Inca 's really know how to put on a show to entertain the masses and if you don't go to call outs be sure to try to make it to theirs you won't regret it.
Art needs somebody to listen to its message, somebody to desire it, somebody to drink it, to use it like wine - otherwise it makes no sense.
Everyone is somehow connected to someone, Cushings to Ameses to Cuttings, and Slocums to Drexels to Wetmores and Browns.
It is the work of ski movies to sell dreams -- to inspire, to motivate and to get you pumped up to ski, travel and enjoy the mountains.
Updated Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at 10:12 a.m. MANHATTAN — Bruce Weber wants to hire an assistant coach to his staff with ties to Kansas State basketball, but he will have to go outside the current program to find one.
"JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon has made no secret of his desire to replay the TARP money, and according to people close to JP Morgan, he's likely 'to go batshit if Goldman is able to repay before he does.'".
Tuesday to Friday, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm, 5:30 pm to 10 pm Friday & Saturday: to 10:30 pm Sunday: 5 to 9 pm Closed: Monday.
It would be nice to think this country could continue to amount to something, to assume we have a future despite the recent presidential election, but if nothing much gets done to reverse policies, forget it.
The filter service enabled me to control where to direct various traffic streams, and I was able to create filters that I used to forward traffic to other devices.
This past Sunday nearly the entire neighborhood got together for a picnic cookout to say goodbye to a neighbor of 22 years who has moved to Pennsylvania to be closer to her family.
They always seem to be telling you what to do, when to come home and who to talk to.
He's thisclose to going door-to-door to get America to pay attention to him.
Amarillo to Canyon to Tulia to Caprock Canyons State Park to Turkey to Palo Duro Canyon to Amarillo.
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In science:

Reduction of all children to a type τ via (cid:13)s◦ (s) requires s◦ to be able to map a pair of type hτ , τ i to a value of type τ in the sense of pairwise composition, and the strategy s for processing the children has to be type-unifying w.r.t. the same τ (cf. [red]).
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
In order to compare our approach to theirs, we first have to adapt our model to a two-fold symmetry in the standard map, which leads to two independent symmetry sectors in the Hamiltonian.
A random matrix formulation of fidelity decay
The purpose of this paper is to introduce a geometric approach to the sub ject by relating it to “birational invariant theory”, i.e., to the study of group actions on algebraic varieties, up to birational isomorphism.
Group actions on central simple algebras: a geometric approach
Our problem is to provide a method to determine the elliptic curve E corresponding to P , up to isomorphisms, in other words, to compute the j -invariant j (E ) of E .
Representation of modular invariant function by generators of a modular function field
Indeed, if this coupling were to be turned off, the polarization generated by K3 (1) (coupling only to the electronic density) is reduced to Ps ≈ 0.1µC/cm2 .27 Now let us return to the discussion of the PE-to-FE path.
The ferroelectric transition in YMnO$_3$ from first principles
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