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[tuh-bee] /təˈbi/
future; soon to be the thing specified (usually used in combination):
Origin of to-be
First recorded in 1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He began to speak of the Italy to-be as the "Italy of the People."

    The Life of Mazzini Bolton King
  • The seeress would break the straw and find within it a hair the color of the lover's-to-be.

    The Book of Hallowe'en Ruth Edna Kelley
  • He was told that M. de Mayenne had caused them to-be removed.

    A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
  • Indeed, on second thoughts he decided 'twould be best for Maud to-be set free from the classes for her ordinary music lessons.

    Blood Royal Grant Allen
  • We have a friend here (we have made dozens) who has a cat she calls to-be—the godfather being 'to-be or not to be!

    The Cockaynes in Paris Blanchard Jerrold
  • Due acknowledgements will be made in the to-be published work, of all assistance.

    The Stephens Family Bascom Asbury Cecil Stephens

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