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[uhn-too; unstressed uhn-tuh] /ˈʌn tu; unstressed ˈʌn tə/
to (in its various uses, except as the accompaniment of the infinitive).
until; till.
Origin of unto
1250-1300; Middle English, equivalent to un(till) until + to to Unabridged
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  • Granted a few serious scholars look at singlehood, not as a default status, but as a status unto itself.
  • As a result, rage is becoming an ideology unto itself.
  • When your turn comes, do unto others as you would have had them do for you.
  • And the weather that shapes our environment can be a subject unto itself.
  • The simplest reason is that the company is an economy unto itself.
  • It is now only emitting lava, and no more water is running unto the volcano and turning the hot lava into ash.
  • The first stage, really an algorithm unto itself, builds clusters of names from the adjacency requests.
  • So it's no surprise that the brain remains a mystery unto itself.
  • There is no evidence that things left unto themselves improve.
  • But to be fair, his capacity for affection stretches farther than that, even unto another gender.
British Dictionary definitions for unto


an archaic word for to1
Word Origin
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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