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You get so tied up with the minutiae of the day-to-day, there's never a chance to sit back and let your subconscious run wild.
Eric Betzig

Meaning of "to" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD TO

Old English tō; related to Old Frisian, Old Saxon to, Old High German zuo, Latin do- as in dōnec until.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF TO

to  [tuː] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF TO

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
To can act as an adverb and a preposition.
The adverb is an invariable part of the sentence that can change, explain or simplify a verb or another adverb.

The preposition is an invariable grammatical category, that has no meaning itself and which serves to link or relate terms.

WHAT DOES TO MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of to in the English dictionary

The first definition of to in the dictionary is used to indicate the destination of the subject or object of an action. Other definition of to is used to mark the indirect object of a verb in a sentence. To is also used to mark the infinitive of a verb.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE TO

to a degree
to a fault
to a frazzle
to a man
to a nicety
to a T
to a turn
to account
to advantage
to all appearances
to all intents and purposes
to and fro
to arms!
to be a hospital case
to be a one-man show
to be a one-way street
to be a warning shot
to be able to do sth blindfolded
to be as American as apple pie

Synonyms and antonyms of to in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «to» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF TO

Find out the translation of to to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of to from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «to» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

a
570 millions of speakers

English

to
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

को
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

إِلَى
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

к
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

para
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

থেকে
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

pour
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Kepada
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

zu
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

・・・に
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

...으로
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kanggo
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

tới
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

க்கு
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

ते
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

için
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

a
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

do
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

до
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

la
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

προς
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

te
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

till
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

til
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of to

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «TO»

The term «to» is very widely used and occupies the 6 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Principal search tendencies and common uses of to
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «TO» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «to» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «to» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about to

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10 QUOTES WITH «TO»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word to.
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Brian Behlendorf
Software as an asset isn't stable over time; it needs to be maintained.
2
Henry Bessemer
In such a case secrecy must be absolute to be effective, and although mere vague curiosity induced many persons of my intimate acquaintance to ask to be allowed to just go in and have a peep, I never admitted anyone.
3
Eric Betzig
You get so tied up with the minutiae of the day-to-day, there's never a chance to sit back and let your subconscious run wild.
4
Marc Bolan
I tend to play a lot of blues things at home, because most blues things are basically within a 12-bar pattern.
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Heather Brooke
It seems appropriate that the author of '1984' was a British citizen. George Orwell must have seen how easily the great British public's lamb-like disposition toward its leaders could be exploited to create a police state.
6
Paul Bryant
It's nice to have the opportunity to play for so much money, but it's nicer to win it.
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Howard Cosell
I was right to back Muhammad Ali, but it caused me major enmity in many areas of this nation.
8
Merle Dandridge
I like to stretch myself and push the envelope, so anything that's new or different or not of my daily routine, I am so for.
9
Mac DeMarco
The crowd can be a little different in some places. For example, in Europe, people tend to be very respectful. They try not to make too much noise at inappropriate times. In other countries, people can be very still. Sometimes I'm not sure if a crowd is into it until the end, when they usually want me to do something crazy for the encore.
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Bruno Dumont
Cinema is made to film material: the body. By filming the material, the mechanical, the worker, we arrive at the spiritual.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «TO»

Discover the use of to in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to to and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer ...
Examines advertising strategies that promote consumerism from the earliest ages, offering advice to parents and teachers on how to reverse the damaging effects of commercialism on developing children.
Juliet Schor, 2004
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How to Read a Book
Originally published in 1940, this book is a rare phenomenon, a living classic that introduces and elucidates the various levels of reading and how to achieve them—from elementary reading, through systematic skimming and inspectional ...
Mortimer J. Adler, Charles Van Doren, 2011
3
The Complete Guide to the Gap Year: The Best Things to Do ...
This is the go-to book for anyone considering a year to re-charge, to follow a passion, to become immersed in another culture, or to find their love of learning again.
Kristin M. White, 2009
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To Have and Have Not
To Have and Have Not is the dramatic, brutal story of Harry Morgan, an honest boat owner who is forced into running contraband between Cuba and Key West as a means of keeping his crumbling family financially afloat.
Ernest Hemingway, 2002
5
Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night
A wide-ranging, illustrated look at the history of Halloween illuminates the holiday from ancient Celtic ritual to billion-dollar industry. 32 halftones & line illustrations.
Nicholas Rogers, 2003
6
How to Do Things with Words
An appendix contains literal transcriptions of a number of marginal notes made by Austin but not included in the text. Comparison of the text with these annotations provides new dimensions to the study of Austin's work.
John Langshaw Austin, J. O. Urmson, 1975
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Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the ...
Blown to Bits offers provocative answers to these questions and tells intriguing real-life stories. This book is a wake-up call To The human consequences of the digital explosion.
Harold Abelson, Ken Ledeen, Harry R. Lewis, 2008
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Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Responses to Decline in Firms, ...
Albert O. Hirschman makes a basic distinction between alternative ways of reacting to deterioration in business firms and, in general, to dissatisfaction with organizations: one, “exit,” is for the member to quit the organization or for ...
Albert O. Hirschman, 1970
9
Squash: Steps to Success
"Squash: Steps to Success" will teach you the skills and strategies you need in order to play and win.
Philip Yarrow, Aidan Harrison, 2009
10
Introduction to Computers
Get ready to learn about today's digital world with Essential Introduction to Computers. This concise text provides a visually-engaging introduction to the most current information on computers and technology.
Gary Shelly, Steven Freund, Misty Vermaat, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «TO»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term to is used in the context of the following news items.
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"No" to what?
IT WAS more than Greece's "No" campaigners could have hoped for—and it may turn out to be more than they bargained for. Alexis Tsipras, the radical left-wing ... «The Economist, Jul 15»
2
To Stop Crime, Hand Over Cash
At one point, the City Council considered asking the governor to declare a state of emergency and send in the National Guard. Instead, in 2007, the city created ... «New York Times, Jul 15»
3
Opinionator | How to Talk About Dying
I have never forgotten that image and how we lost a chance to say goodbye. I still wonder if my father was lonely in the silence that surrounded our inability to ... «New York Times, Jul 15»
4
Gary Younge: Farewell to America
We do not yet know the name that will be attached to this particular season. He is .... I had not claimed that my son was likely to do badly, simply that his odds for ... «The Guardian, Jun 15»
5
Great Scott! Ready for the Back to the Future quiz that'll get you up to
(CNN) Superfans assemble! To mark the 30th anniversary of "Back to the Future," we've compiled the hardest quiz about the famous film trilogy you've probably ... «CNN, Jun 15»
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Now's the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions
Liberals tend to think Sen. Lee's fears are unwarranted, and they can even point to Justice Anthony Kennedy's opinion in Friday's case, which promises “that ... «TIME, Jun 15»
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Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own …
It is hard to overstate the significance of the Obergefell decision — and the seriousness of the challenges it presents to orthodox Christians and other social ... «TIME, Jun 15»
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The right to die
IT IS easy to forget that adultery was a crime in Spain until 1978; or that in America, where gay marriage is allowed by 37 states and may soon be extended to all ... «The Economist, Jun 15»
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Many in Nation Tired of Explaining Things to Idiots
MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—Many Americans are tired of explaining things to idiots, particularly when the things in question are so painfully obvious, ... «The New Yorker, Jun 15»
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Well | Prudent Ways to Fight Childhood Obesity
Pardon the cliché, but it happens to be particularly apt in this case: In trying to tame the nation's obesity epidemic, an ounce of prevention is decidedly worth a ... «New York Times, Jun 15»

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