- ( no longer productive, except dialectally ) Prefix meaning "apart", "away", "asunder", "in pieces", or expressing separation, negation, or intensity .
- all to
- ( rare, dialectal or no longer productive ) Particle ocurring in various words meaning to, toward, at, or on ( this ) .
- te-, ti-
- IPA: /toː/
- ( as unstressed te-, ti- or stressed tō- ) forming ( mainly ) verbs from verbs, with a sense of ‘in pieces, apart, asunder’, or with intensive force
- ( stressed prefix ) used to form substantives from other nouns
- tōtalu ( “reputation” )
- tōsprǣċ ( “conversation” )
- Big Smoke
- ( UK ) IPA: /tuː/, X-SAMPA: /tu:/
- ( US ) IPA: /tu/, X-SAMPA: /tu/
- Rhymes: -uː
- Homophone: too, two
- A particle used for marking the following verb as an infinitive .
- I want to leave .
- He asked me what to do .
- I don’t know how to say it .
- I have places to go and people to see .
- 1711, Alexander Pope:
- circa 1600, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act 3, Scene 1:
- 2010 July, Associated Press, headline :
- 2011 April 10, Alistair Magowan, “Aston Villa 1 - 0 Newcastle”, BBC Sport:
- As above, with the verb implied .
- Indicating destination: In the direction of, and arriving at .
- Used to indicate purpose .
- Used to indicate result of action .
- Used after an adjective to indicate its application .
- ( arithmetic ) Used to indicate ratios; in informal use the ratios are not reduced to smallest terms .
- ( arithmetic ) Used to indicate that the preceding term is to be raised to the power of the following value; indicates exponentiation .
- Used to indicate the indirect object .
- ( time ) Preceding .
- ( Canada, UK, Newfoundland, West Midlands ) at
- English: to, too
- To- ( ?, see To, prep. ), [AS. to- asunder; akin to G. zer-, and perhaps to L. dis-, or Gr. ] An obsolete intensive prefix used in the formation of compound verbs; as in to-beat, to-break, to-hew, to-rend, to-tear. See these words in the Vocabulary. See the Note on All to, or All-to, under All, adv.
From Middle English, from Old English tō-, te- ( “apart, away” ), from Proto-Germanic *twiz- ( “apart, in two”, prefix ), from Proto-Indo-European *dis- ( “apart, asunder” ), *dwis- ( “two-ways, in twain” ). Cognate with Dutch toe-, te-, German zu-, zer-, Latin dis- ( “apart” ). More at dis- .
From Proto-Germanic *twiz-, from Proto-Indo-European *dwis-. Cognate with Old Frisian ti-, te-, Old Saxon ti-, Old High German zi-, zir-, zar-, zur- ( German zer- ), Gothic - ( dis- ), and with Latin dis- .
By Wiktionary ( 2012/03/26 11:15 UTC Version )
By Wiktionary ( 2012/09/18 17:12 UTC Version )
From Middle English to ( “to” ), from Old English tō ( “to” ), from Proto-Germanic *tō, *ta ( “to” ), from Proto-Indo-European *de, *do ( “to” ). Cognate with Low German to ( “to” ), Dutch toe ( “to” ), German zu ( “to” ), West Frisian ta ( “to” ). Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian te ( “to, at” ), tu ( “while, for, to” ) .
From Proto-Germanic *tō, *ta ( “to” ), from Proto-Indo-European *de, *do ( “to” ). Cognate with Old Saxon tō ( “to” ), Old High German zuo ( “to” ) .
Definition of to- by GCIDE Dictionary