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Meaning of “to” - Learner’s Dictionary

to

preposition     strong /tuː/ weak /, /
DIRECTION
A1 in the direction of somewhere: Dimitri is going to Germany next week. I ran to the door.Describing movement towards
ANOTHER PERSON
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.Describing movement towards
POSITION
B1 almost touching or facing something: She stood with her back to the window.Closeness in distance and timeAbout to happen
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.Specific periods of time
B2 including: The book deals with everything from childhood to old age.Including and containingComprising and consisting of
BEFORE
A1 used to say 'before' the hour when you are saying what time it is: It's five to three.Relating to regular periods of time
COMPARE
B1 used to compare two things: I prefer football to rugby.Comparing and contrasting
UNTIL
B1 until a particular time or state: It's only two weeks to my birthday. She nursed him back to health.Until a particular moment
SOMEONE'S OPINION
used to say what someone's opinion is: Fifty euros is nothing to Paul (= he would not think it was a lot of money).Opinions, beliefs and points of view
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.Feelings - general words
MEASUREMENT
used to say how many parts make up a whole unit of measurement or money: There are 100 pence to the British pound.Weighing and measuring
BELONGING
B1 belonging to or connected with: Can you give me the keys to the car?
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