to PREPOSITION 1) expressing direction or position in relation to a particular location, point, or condition. 2) chiefly Brit. (in telling the time) before (the hour specified). 3) identifying the person or thing affected. 4) identifying a particular relationship between one person or thing and another. 5) indicating a rate of return on something. 6) indicating that two things are attached. 7) governing a phrase expressing someone's reaction to something: to her astonishment, he smiled. 8) used to introduce the second element in a comparison.
INFINITIVE MARKER used with the base form of a verb to indicate that the verb is in the infinitive.
ADVERB so as to be closed or nearly closed.
ORIGIN Old English.

English terms dictionary. 2015.

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