Definition of unto in US English:



  • 1

    ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’
    archaic term for to
    ‘I say unto you, be gone’
    • ‘Like any individual he is not an entity unto himself but a meeting point of others that constitute him.’
    • ‘He's going to draw those that belong to him unto himself and it's going to be a wonderful reunion.’
    • ‘Up unto his loss in 2001, Labor had only lost at the polls only when Peres was its leader.’
    • ‘It is difficult to spoof a convention when the convention itself is so awful it seems a spoof unto itself.’
    • ‘Remember the golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’
  • 2

    ‘marriage was forever—unto death’
    archaic term for until
    • ‘He who wants to remain free, must fight unto death those who are intent upon depriving him of his freedom.’
    • ‘We are to be faithful unto death, discovering our life in Christ and Christ's life in us.’
    • ‘The Bible states clearly a man who takes another man's wife shall be taken without the city walls and stoned unto death.’
    • ‘He even threatened to fast unto death to get his alcoholic father to break the habit.’
    • ‘Often, they are found in pairs and share strong bonds that are never broken, even unto death.’


Middle English: from until, with to replacing till (in its northern dialect meaning ‘to’).