Meaning of “to” - Learner’s Dictionary


preposition us uk strong /tuː/ weak /, /

A1 in the direction of somewhere:

Dimitri is going to Germany next week.
I ran to the door.

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A2 used to show who receives something or experiences an action:

Could you give these keys to Pete?
Anna was speaking to her mother on the phone.
I lent my bike to Tom.

B1 almost touching or facing something:

She stood with her back to the window.
from ... to ...

A2 used to give information about periods of time and distances:

The museum is open from Monday to Saturday.
The bus goes from London to Cambridge.

B2 including:

The book deals with everything from childhood to old age.

A1 used to say 'before' the hour when you are saying what time it is:

It's five to three.

B1 used to compare two things:


B1 until a particular time or state:

It's only two weeks to my birthday.
She nursed him back to health.

used to say what someone's opinion is:

Fifty euros is nothing to Paul (= he would not think it was a lot of money).
to sb's disappointment/relief/surprise, etc

used to say that someone feels disappointed/relieved/surprised, etc by something:

To Pierre's disappointment, Monique wasn't at the party.

used to say how many parts make up a whole unit of measurement or money:

There are 100 pence to the British pound.

B1 belonging to or connected with:

Can you give me the keys to the car?

(Definition of “to preposition” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)