إلى

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Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

  • Lengthened from Proto-Semitic *ʾila (towards, nigh), displaying some attachment of Proto-Semitic *la (for) used in Literary Arabic لَ(la, for) only before pronominal suffixes, having stood in some variation with Proto-Semitic *li (for) from which Arabic لِ(li, for). Compare عَلَى(ʿalā).
  • Related to the root ء و ل(ʾ-w-l) in the sense of “returning” and to the root ء ل و(ʾ-l-w) in the sense of “striving towards but failing”.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʔi.laː/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aː

Preposition[edit]

إِلَى (ʾilā)

  1. to, towards
  2. till, until
  3. near
Inflection[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Judeo-Arabic: אלי(ʾilā)
  • Maltese: lejn
  • North Levantine Arabic: ل(la) (merged with لِ(li))