unto
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈʌntʊ/, /-tuː/, /-tə/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈʌntə/, /-tʊ/
Conjunction
  1. (obsolete, poetic) Up to the time or degree that; until.rfquote en
Synonyms Preposition
  1. (archaic or poetic) Up to, indicating a motion towards a thing and then stopping at it.
    Sir Gawain rode unto the nearby castle.
    • circa 1610-11 William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act I scene ii:
      Come unto these yellow sands,
      And then take hands;
      Curtsied when you have, and kiss'd
      The wild waves whist,
      Foot it featly here and there,
      And sweet sprites bear
      The burthen.[...]
  2. (archaic or poetic) To, indicating an indirect object.
    And the Lord said unto Moses [...]
    • circa 1596-97 William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act IV scene i:
      So please my lord the duke and all the court / To quit the fine for one half of his goods / I am content; so he will let me have / The other half in use, to render it, / Upon his death, unto the gentleman / That lately stole his daughter: / Two things provided more,—[...]
    • 1646, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica
      Again, whereas men affirm they perceive an addition of ponderosity in dead bodies, comparing them usually unto blocks and stones, whensoever they lift or carry them; this accessional preponderancy is rather in appearance than reality.
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