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1. To.
2. Until: a fast unto death.
3. By: a place unto itself, quite unlike its surroundings.

[Middle English : un-, up to; see until + to, to; see to.]


an archaic word for to1
[C13: of Scandinavian origin; see until]


(ˈʌn tu; unstressed -tə)

1. to (except to indicate the infinitive).
2. until; till.
[1250–1300; Middle English, =un- (see until) + to to]


(ˈantu) preposition
an old word for `to'.
References in classic literature ?
Their restless activity, like unto the beating of the wings of an imprisoned bird, had given him his name.
It's like the choice ointment, From the head to the beard did go; Down Aaron's head, that downward went His garment's skirts unto.
Woe unto you that are rich, for ye have received your consolation
Indeed, could our readers fancy a bull-dog come unto man's estate, and walking about in a hat and coat, they would have no unapt idea of the general style and effect of his physique.
That is active duty," says the Vishnu Purana, "which is not for our bondage; that is knowledge which is for our liberation: all other duty is good only unto weariness; all other knowledge is only the cleverness of an artist.
Then Sir Launcelot went into the hall, and there came afore him three score ladies and damsels, and all kneeled unto him, and thanked God and him of their deliverance.
But never mind, it was sufficient unto itself, the grand occasion had moved on an ascending scale from the start, and was a noble and memorable success.
He pictured him- self lying sick unto death and his aunt bending over him beseeching one little forgiving word, but he would turn his face to the wall, and die with that word unsaid.
Now as the Princess walked daily in the green forest, hearing the wind singing in the branches and seeing the sunlight filter through the lattice-work of green leaves, there came unto her thoughts that had lain asleep in the stifling air of the cottage and the weariness of guiding the plough.
But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites
These, however, were only the exceptions required to prove the rule that the sparrows in the plane-tree behind the house, and the echoes in the corner before it, had their own way from Sunday morning unto Saturday night.
Then I hear sobs; and, standing apart among the lookers-on, I see that good and faithful servant, whom of all the people upon earth I love the best, and unto whom my childish heart is certain that the Lord will one day say: 'Well done.