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[ too; unstressed too, tuh ]
/ tu; unstressed tʊ, tə /
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preposition

adverb

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Idioms for to

    to and fro. fro (def. 2).

Origin of to

before 900; Middle English, Old English tō; cognate with Dutch te, toe,German zu

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH to

to , too, two

Definition for to (2 of 3)

t.o.

abbreviation

turnover.
turn over.

Definition for to (3 of 3)

T.O.

or TO


abbreviation

telegraph office.
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TO VS. TOO VS. TWO

What's the difference between totoo, and two?

To is a very common word that performs many different functions, such as expressing direction (I’m driving to the office) or contact (Pin it to the wall), indicating an object or recipient (Give it to me), or setting a range (9 to 5) or limit (These go to 11). Too means also (I’m going, too) or to an excessive degree (too much). Two is the number equal to one plus one.

The words are used in very different ways: to is most commonly used as a preposition, too is an adverb, and two is a number that can be used as a noun or an adjective.

Perhaps the most common mistake involving the three words is using to when it should be too, or vice versa. Remember, if you mean to, don’t use too many o’s!

Here’s an example of to, too, and two used correctly in the same sentence.

Example: We went to two two-star restaurants, and it was two two-star restaurants too many!

Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between to, too, and two.

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British Dictionary definitions for to (1 of 2)

to1
/ (tuː, unstressed before a vowel , unstressed before a consonant ) /

preposition

adverb

towards a fixed position, esp (of a door) closed

Word Origin for to

Old English tō; related to Old Frisian, Old Saxon to, Old High German zuo, Latin do- as in dōnec until

British Dictionary definitions for to (2 of 2)

to2

the internet domain name for

Tonga
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