[uhn-too; unstressed uhn-tuh]


to (in its various uses, except as the accompaniment of the infinitive).
until; till.

Nearby words

  1. untimely,
  2. untimeous,
  3. untinged,
  4. untiring,
  5. untitled,
  6. untogether,
  7. untold,
  8. untouchability,
  9. untouchable,
  10. untouchables

Origin of unto

1250–1300; Middle English, equivalent to un(till) until + to to

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British Dictionary definitions for unto



an archaic word for to 1

Word Origin for unto

C13: of Scandinavian origin; see until

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Word Origin and History for unto



mid-13c., perhaps a modification of until, with southern to in place of northern equivalent till. Or perhaps a native formation on the model of until from Old English *und- "up to," cognate of the first element in until. Since 18c., chiefly in dignified, archaic, or Biblical styles.

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Idioms and Phrases with unto


see do unto others; law unto oneself.

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