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From Middle English therto, from Old English þǣrtō (thereto), equivalent to there +‎ to. Cognate with Scots tharto, thereto (thereto), Saterland Frisian deertou (thereto), West Frisian dêrta (thereto), Dutch daartoe (thereto; for that), German Low German daarto (to that; for that; thereto), German dazu (to that; for that; thereto).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌðɛəˈtuː/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌðɛɚˈtuː/


thereto (not comparable)

  1. (formal) To that.
  2. (archaic or poetic) To it.
    • 1840 March, Robert Browning, Sordello, London: Edward Moxon, [], OCLC 1000880475, book the fourth, page 154:
      He strung the angelot; / Made rhymes thereto; []
    • c. 1955-1956 (written, published c. 1997), Jack Kerouac, Some of the Dharma
      A man who allows wild passion to arise within, himself burns his heart, then after burning adds the wind that thereto which ignites the fire again, or not, as the case may be.


See also[edit]

Here-, there-, and where- words