Definition of hitherto in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhɪðətuː//hɪðəˈtuː/


  • Until now or until the point in time under discussion.

    ‘hitherto part of French West Africa, Benin achieved independence in 1960’
    • ‘The galvanising effect on the hitherto moribund Mavericks was immediate.’
    • ‘New technology means it is worthwhile extracting oil from fields hitherto economically unviable.’
    • ‘He was billeted at her home where her seven brothers had hitherto protected her from any approach by potential suitors.’
    • ‘Some days yield nothing by way of new information and fresh leads, while others open avenues hitherto blocked.’
    • ‘That may be because, hitherto, it has been a hard building to envisage.’
    • ‘He discovered a hitherto undetected fracture and packed me off to North Shore Hospital.’
    • ‘Another factor hitherto unnoticed now comes into the force, tipping the balance.’
    • ‘Perhaps it is a hitherto uncovered area of Swinney's policy revolution.’
    • ‘The company has launched a project to bring wines hitherto unknown in Hong Kong on to the market there.’
    • ‘The DVD also contains 20 minutes of hitherto unseen footage and four extra tracks.’
    • ‘Was it a smoke screen for some secret hitherto undisclosed strategy?’
    • ‘They were forced to call on the coalition partners whose presence they had hitherto ignored.’
    • ‘The way is hard and long, but I feel that we have been set upon the right road towards that hitherto unreachable Nirvana.’
    • ‘As someone who has hitherto needed to reject one thing before moving on to another, Juliet is on her mettle, and she knows it.’
    • ‘We soon discovered why that part of town was hitherto unknown to me.’
    • ‘Yet their forwards finally found a bit of tempo and Rory Lawson began to make linkages which had hitherto been absent.’
    • ‘Preliminary results already suggest the battle was fought over a much bigger area than hitherto suspected.’
    • ‘When he returns, the new firm will be due to launch and he'll be out looking for the bigger deals that have hitherto eluded him.’
    • ‘But he has unwittingly made plain what only a few radicals and Marxists have hitherto suspected.’
    • ‘McLeish is now secure enough in his own position to be able to straight bat these, hitherto, distractions.’
    previously, formerly, earlier, so far, thus far, before, beforehand, to date, as yet
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