Middle English to (“also, in addition to”), from Old English tō (“furthermore, also, besides”), adverbial use of preposition tō (“to, into”). The sense of "in addition, also" deriving from the original meaning of "apart, separately" (compare Old English prefix tō- (“apart”)). More at to.
- (UK) IPA: /tuː/, [tʰu̟ː], enPR: to͞o, X-SAMPA: /tu:/, [t_hu_+:]
- (US) IPA: /tu/, [tʰu̟], enPR: to͞o, X-SAMPA: /tu/, [t_hu_+]
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- Rhymes: -uː
- Homophones: two, to
too (not comparable)
- (focus) Likewise
- (conjunctive) also; in addition.
- (degree) To an excessive degree; over; more than enough.
- (degree, colloquial) To a high degree, very
- She doesn't talk too much.
- I'm not too sure about this.
- (affirmation, colloquial) used to contradict a negative assertion.
- You're not old enough yet.
- I am, too!
- When used in their senses as degree adverbs, very and too never modify verbs; very much and too much do instead.
- It is unusual but not unheard of for too in its senses of "likewise" or "also" to begin a sentence; when it does, though, it is invariably followed by a comma.
- (likewise, also): as well, along with
- (over, more than enough): excessively, extremely, overmuch, unnecessarily
- too too