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To 1Definition: The preposition to primarily
indicates approach and arrival, motion made in the direction of a place or thing and attaining it, access; and also, motion or tendency without arrival; movement toward; opposed to from.
To 2Definition: Hence, it
indicates motion, course, or tendency toward a time, a state or condition, an aim, or anything capable of being regarded as a limit to a tendency, movement, or action; as, he is going to a trade; he is rising to wealth and honor.
To 3Definition: In a very general way, and with innumerable varieties of application, to
verbs with their
remoter or indirect object, and
adjectives, nouns, and neuter or passive
verbs with a following noun which
limits their action. Its sphere
verges upon that of for, but it
contains less the idea of design or appropriation; as, these
remarks were addressed to a large audience; let us keep this seat to ourselves; a substance sweet to the taste; an event painful to the mind; duty to God and to our
parents; a dislike to spirituous liquor.
To 4Definition: In many
phrases, and in connection with many other
words, to has a pregnant meaning, or is used elliptically.
To 5Definition: Extent; limit; degree of comprehension; inclusion as far as; as, they met us to the number of three hundred.
To 6Definition: Effect; end; consequence; as, the prince was flattered to his ruin; he engaged in a war to his cost; violent
factions exist to the prejudice of the state.
To 7Definition: Apposition; connection; antithesis; opposition; as, they engaged hand to hand.
To 8Definition: Accord; adaptation; as, an occupation to his taste; she has a husband to her mind.
To 9Definition: Comparison; as, three is to nine as nine is to
twenty-seven; it is ten to one that you will offend him.
To 10Definition: Addition; union; accumulation.
To 11Definition: Accompaniment; as, she sang to his guitar; they danced to the music of a piano.
To 12Definition: Character; condition of being; purpose subserved or office filled.