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Part of Speech: preposition
Results: 12
2. In many phrases, and in connection with many other words, to has a pregnant meaning, or is used elliptically.
3. Extent; limit; degree of comprehension; inclusion as far as; as, they met us to the number of three hundred.
4. 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.
10. Character; condition of being; purpose subserved or office filled.
Part of Speech: noun
1. As sign of the infinitive, to had originally the use of last defined, governing the infinitive as a verbal noun, and connecting it as indirect object with a preceding verb or adjective; thus, ready to go, i. e., ready unto going; good to eat, i. e., good for eating; I do my utmost to lead my life pleasantly. But it has come to be the almost constant prefix to the infinitive, even in situations where it has no prepositional meaning, as where the infinitive is direct object or subject; thus, I love to learn, i. e., I love learning; to die for one's country is noble, i. e., the dying for one's country. Where the infinitive denotes the design or purpose, good usage formerly allowed the prefixing of for to the to; as, what went ye out for see? ( Matt. xi. 8).
Examples of usage:
  • But how are we to do it? - "The World Peril of 1910", George Griffith.
  • Gude nicht to ye, dawtie." - "Alec Forbes of Howglen", George MacDonald.
  • He may be here to- day. - "After the Storm", T. S. Arthur.
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