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in addition; also; furthermore; moreover: young, clever, and rich too.
to an excessive extent or degree; beyond what is desirable, fitting, or right: too sick to travel.
more, as specified, than should be: too near the fire.
(used as an affirmative to contradict a negative statement): I am too!
extremely; very: She wasn't too pleased with his behavior.
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Idioms about too

    only too. only (def. 10).

Origin of too

before 900; Middle English to,Old English, stressed variant of to (adv.); spelling too since the 16th century


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What's the difference between too, to, and two?

Too means also (I’m going, too) or to an excessive degree (too much). 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). Two is the number equal to one plus one.

The words are used in very different ways: too is an adverb, to is most commonly used as a preposition, 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 too, to, 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 too, to, and two.

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Should too, to, or two be used in the following sentence?

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How to use too in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for too

/ (tuː) /

as well; in addition; alsocan I come too?
in or to an excessive degree; more than a fitting or desirable amountI have too many things to do
extremelyyou're too kind
US and Canadian informal indeed: used to reinforce a commandyou will too do it!
too right! British, Australian and NZ certainly; indeed

Word Origin for too

Old English tō; related to Old Frisian, Old Saxon to, Old High German zou; see to 1

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