(used for expressing motion or direction toward a point, person, place, or thing approached and reached, as opposed to from): They came to the house.
(used for expressing direction or motion or direction toward something) in the direction of; toward: from north to south.
(used for expressing limit of movement or extension): He grew to six feet.
(used for expressing contact or contiguity) on; against; beside; upon: a right uppercut to the jaw;Apply varnish to the surface.
(used for expressing a point of limit in time) before; until: to this day;It is ten minutes to six.We work from nine to five.
(used for expressing aim, purpose, or intention): going to the rescue.
(used for expressing destination or appointed end): sentenced to jail.
(used for expressing agency, result, or consequence): to my dismay;The flowers opened to the sun.
(used for expressing a resulting state or condition): He tore it to pieces.
(used for expressing the object of inclination or desire): They drank to her health.
(used for expressing the object of a right or claim): claimants to an estate.
(used for expressing limit in degree, condition, or amount): wet to the skin;goods amounting to $1000;Tomorrow's high will be 75 to 80°.
(used for expressing addition or accompaniment) with: He added insult to injury.They danced to the music.Where is the top to this box?
(used for expressing attachment or adherence): She held to her opinion.
(used for expressing comparison or opposition): inferior to last year's crop;The score is eight to seven.
(used for expressing agreement or accordance) according to; by: a position to one's liking;to the best of my knowledge.
(used for expressing reference, reaction, or relation): What will he say to this?
(used for expressing a relative position): parallel to the roof.
(used for expressing a proportion of number or quantity) in; making up: 12 to the dozen;20 miles to the gallon.
(used for indicating the indirect object of a verb, for connecting a verb with its complement, or for indicating or limiting the application of an adjective, noun, or pronoun): Give it to me.I refer to your work.
(used as the ordinary sign or accompaniment of the infinitive, as in expressing motion, direction, or purpose, in ordinary uses with a substantive object.)
Mathematics. raised to the power indicated: Three to the fourth is 81 (34= 81).
toward a point, person, place, or thing, implied or understood.
toward a contact point or closed position: Pull the door to.
toward a matter, action, or work: We turned to with a will.
into a state of consciousness; out of unconsciousness: after he came to.
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How to use to in a sentence
What 15 months in a federal correction institution will be like, according to a man who counsels to-be inmates.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’ | Michael Howard | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
That means the F-35 will be almost entirely reliant on long-range air-to-air missiles.
It will still carry a pair of Raytheon AIM-120 AMRAAM long-range air-to-air missiles and a pair of bombs.
The lack of a gun is not likely to be a major problem for close-in air-to-air dogfights against other jets.
Well, the numbers tell us so, as do all of our day-to-day interactions, just as the president said.
Each day she resolved, "to-morrow I will tell Felipe;" and when to-morrow came, she put it off again.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
All the operations of her brain related themselves somehow to to-morrow afternoon.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
"Buy something for your wife that-is-to-be," he said to his grand-nephew, as he handed him the folded paper.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
Something remote and ancient stirred in her, something that was not of herself to-day, something half primitive, half barbaric.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
to-day I'm more dead than alive, as we had a lesson from him yesterday that lasted four hours.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
British Dictionary definitions for to (1 of 2)
used to indicate the destination of the subject or object of an action: he climbed to the top
used to mark the indirect object of a verb in a sentence: telling stories to children
used to mark the infinitive of a verb: he wanted to go
as far as; until: working from Monday to Friday
used to indicate equality: 16 ounces to the pound
against; upon; onto: put your ear to the wall
before the hour of: five minutes to four
accompanied by: dancing to loud music
as compared with, as against: the score was eight to three
used to indicate a resulting condition: he tore her dress to shreds; they starved to death
a dialect word for at 1 he's to town; where's it to?
towards a fixed position, esp (of a door) closed
British Dictionary definitions for to (2 of 2)
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