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to  (t; t when unstressed)
prep.
1.
a. In a direction toward so as to reach: went to the city.
b. Towards: turned to me.
2.
a. Reaching as far as: The ocean water was clear all the way to the bottom.
b. To the extent or degree of: loved him to distraction.
c. With the resultant condition of: nursed her back to health.
3. Toward a given state: helping minority women to economic equality.
4. In contact with; against: their faces pressed to the windows.
5. In front of: stood face to face.
6. Used to indicate appropriation or possession: looked for the top to the jar.
7. Concerning; regarding: waiting for an answer to my letter.
8. In a particular relationship with: The brook runs parallel to the road.
9. As an accompaniment or a complement of: danced to the tune.
10. Composing; constituting: two cups to a pint.
11. In accord with: job responsibilities suited to her abilities.
12. As compared with: a book superior to his others.
13.
a. Before: The time is ten to five.
b. Up till; until: worked from nine to five.
14.
a. For the purpose of: went out to lunch.
b. In honor of: a toast to the queen.
15.
a. Used before a verb to indicate the infinitive: Id like to go.
b. Used alone when the infinitive is understood: Go if you want to.
16.
a. Used to indicate the relationship of a verb with its complement: refer to a dictionary; refer me to a dictionary.
b. Used with a reflexive pronoun to indicate exclusivity or separateness: had the plane to ourselves.
adv.
1. In one direction; toward a person or thing: owls with feathers wrong end to.
2. Into a shut or closed position: pushed the door to.
3. Into a state of consciousness: The patient came to.
4. Into a state of action or attentiveness: sat down for lunch and fell to.
5. Nautical Into the wind.

[Middle English, from Old English t; see de- in Indo-European roots.]


to  /t/  , strong form /tu/particle 1 (used to begin an infinitive of a verb, as in to go and to know): We have to go home now.||I want you to know that you are right. 2 (used in place of an infinitive): He needs to fix his car but doesnt know how to. 3 (used to indicate an indirect object): The sales clerk sold the dress to her. 4 (used with many verbs to show motion): A police officer came to help us.
adv. in the direction of, such as up and down or from side to side: The pendulum on the clock swings to and fro.
prep. 1 toward, in the direction of: That highway leads to Florida. 2 part of, making up: There are four quarts to a gallon. 3 headed toward a state (status, condition, etc.): The country is moving to the left politically. 4 extending to, reaching as far as: That path leads to the woods. 5 regarding pleasure or lack of it: Those roses are to her liking.||I prefer golf to tennis. 6 regarding the senses (smell, touch, sight, etc.): That cloth feels like silk to the touch.||To my eye, that color looks green, not blue. 7 including, between certain times, spaces, etc.: He works from morning to evening (from 9 to 5).||She read the book from beginning to end. 8 regarding time, scores, and ratios: It is 10 to noon.||Our team won 10 to 6.||That building will take 3 to 4 years to complete. 9 relating, belonging to, fitting s.o. or s.t.: That is the key to the door.||She is the assistant to the manager. to

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