Definition of hitherto in English:



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

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