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As nouns the difference between one and to

is that one is (mathematics) the neutral element with respect to multiplication in a while to is thaw, weather conditions that make snow and ice melt.

As a numeral one

is (cardinal) a numerical value equal to ; the first number in the set of natural numbers (especially in number theory); the cardinality of the smallest nonempty set ordinal: first.

As a pronoun one

is (lb) one thing (among a group of others); one member of a group.

As an adjective one

is of a period of time, being particular; as, one morning, one year.

As a verb one

is (obsolete|transitive) to cause to become one; to gather into a single whole; to unite.



Alternative forms

* (l), (l) (both obsolete) * Arabic numeral: (see for numerical forms in other scripts) * Roman numeral: I


  • (cardinal) A numerical value equal to ; the first number in the set of natural numbers (especially in number theory); the cardinality of the smallest nonempty set. Ordinal: first.
  • There is only one Earth.
    In many cultures, a baby turns one year old a year after its birth.
    One''' person, '''one vote.
  • *
  • Venters began to count them—one —two—three—four—on up to sixteen.
  • The ordinality of an element which has no predecessor, usually called first'' or ''number one .
  • Synonyms


    See also



    (English Pronouns (possessive'' ''', ''plural'' ' ones )
  • (lb) One thing (among a group of others); one member of a group.
  • :
  • The first mentioned of two things or people, as opposed to the other.
  • :
  • *1699 , , Heads designed for an essay on conversations
  • *:Study gives strength to the mind; conversation, grace: the first apt to give stiffness, the other suppleness: one gives substance and form to the statue, the other polishes it.
  • (lb) Any person (applying to people in general).
  • :
  • *
  • *:It was not far from the house; but the ground sank into a depression there, and the ridge of it behind shut out everything except just the roof of the tallest hayrick. As one sat on the sward behind the elm, with the back turned on the rick and nothing in front but the tall elms and the oaks in the other hedge, it was quite easy to fancy it the verge of the prairie with the backwoods close by.
  • *, title=The Mirror and the Lamp
  • , chapter=2 citation , passage=She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace,
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=5 citation , passage=‘It's rather like a beautiful Inverness cloak one' has inherited. Much too good to hide away, so ' one wears it instead of an overcoat and pretends it's an amusing new fashion.’}}
  • *
  • *:With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one' only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow ' one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-09-06, author=(Philip Hoare)
  • , volume=189, issue=13, page=48, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= If we're all Martians, who are the aliens? , passage=One has to admire the sheer optimism of modern science: I love the fact that there is such a discipline as astrobiology, whose practitioners' task is to imagine what life might be like on other planets. Yet here on the home planet we have profoundly strange aliens of our own.}}
  • (lb) Any person, entity or thing.
  • :
  • Synonyms

    * (unidentified person) you, they in nominative personal case.

    Derived terms

    * oneness * oneself


    (en noun)
  • (mathematics) The neutral element with respect to multiplication in a .
  • The digit or figure 1.
  • (US) A one-dollar bill.
  • (cricket) One run scored by hitting the ball and running between the wickets; a single.
  • A joke or amusing anecdote.
  • * Did you hear the one about the agnostic dyslexic insomniac?
  • (colloquial) A particularly special or compatible person or thing.
  • * I knew as soon I met him that John was the one for me and we were married within a month.
  • * That car's the one — I'll buy it.
  • * 1995 , (Bryan Adams),
  • When you love a woman then tell her
    that she's really wanted
    When you love a woman then tell her that she's the one
    'cause she needs somebody to tell her
    that it's gonna last forever
  • (Internet slang, leet, sarcastic) Used instead of to amplify an exclamation, imitating unskilled users who forget to press the shift key while typing exclamation points.
  • A: SUM1 Hl3p ME im alwyz L0ziN!!?!
    B: y d0nt u just g0 away l0zer!!1!!one'''!!'''one !!eleven!!1!
  • * 2003' September 26, "DEAL WITH IT!!!!11'''one !!", in alt.games.video.nintendo.gamecube, ''Usenet
  • * 2004' November 9, "AWK sound recorder!!!11!!11'''one ", in comp.lang.awk, ''Usenet
  • * 2007' December 1, "STANFORD!!1!!1!'''one'''!11!!1'''oneone !1!1!", in rec.sport.football.college, ''Usenet
  • Synonyms

    * unity * single * , eleven


  • Of a period of time, being particular; as, one morning, one year.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=4 , passage=One morning I had been driven to the precarious refuge afforded by the steps of the inn, after rejecting offers from the Celebrity to join him in a variety of amusements. But even here I was not free from interruption, for he was seated on a horse-block below me, playing with a fox terrier.}}
  • Being a single, unspecified thing; a; any.
  • Sole, only.
  • Whole, entire.
  • In agreement.
  • The same.
  • Being a preeminent example.
  • Being an unknown person with the specified name.
  • Derived terms

    * all one * one and only * one-on-one * one or two * one-two * one-up * the one


  • (obsolete) To cause to become one; to gather into a single whole; to unite.
  • * Chaucer
  • The rich folk that embraced and oned all their heart to treasure of the world.





    Alternative forms

    * (dialectal) ter * (contraction) t' * (abbreviation)


  • I want to leave.
    He asked me what to do.
    I don’t know how to say it.
    I have places to''' go and people '''to see.
  • * 1711 , :
  • To' err is human, ' to forgive divine.
  • * , Scene 1:
  • To be, or not to be: that is the question: /
  • * 2010 July, , headline [http://web.archive.org/web/20100705003703/http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gfMucgz8wUGUNUNXRyIyqzY6lWwQD9GM98N83]:
  • Odds are, BP to get new CEO this year
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=April 10 , author=Alistair Magowan , title=Aston Villa 1 - 0 Newcastle , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=To' that end, the home supporters were in good voice ' to begin with, but it was Newcastle who started the game in the ascendancy, with Barton putting a diving header over the top from Jose Enrique's cross.}}
  • "Did you visit the museum?" "I wanted to , but it was closed."
    If he hasn't read it yet, he ought to .

    Derived terms

    * going to / gonna * got to / gotta * have to / hafta * ought to / oughta * supposed to / supposta * used to / usta * want to / wanna * fixing to / finna


    (English prepositions)
  • In the direction of, and arriving at.
  • We are walking to the shop.
  • * 2013 September 28, , " London Is Special, but Not That Special," New York Times (retrieved 28 September 2013):
  • Driven by a perceived political need to adopt a hard-line stance, Mr. Cameron’s coalition government has imposed myriad new restrictions, the aim of which is to reduce net migration to Britain to below 100,000.
  • He devoted himself to education.
    They drank to his health.
  • That is something to do.
  • His face was beaten to a pulp.
  • similar to''' ...'', ''relevant '''to''' ...'', ''pertinent '''to''' ...'', ''I was nice '''to''' him'', ''he was cruel '''to''' her'', ''I am used '''to walking.
  • (arithmetic)
  • one to one = 1:1
    ten to one = 10:1.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=April 22 , author=Sam Sheringham , title=Liverpool 0-1 West Brom , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=In total, the Reds had 28 shots to their opponent's nine, and 15 corners to the Baggies' three.}}
  • (arithmetic) .
  • Three squared or three to the second power is nine.
    Three to the power of two is nine.
    Three to the second is nine.
  • I gave the book to him.
  • (time) Preceding.
  • ten to''' ten'' = 9:50; ''We're going to leave at ten '''to (the hour).
  • (Canada, UK, Newfoundland, West Midlands) at
  • Stay where you're to and I'll come find you, b'y.

    See also

    * at


  • Toward a closed, touching or engaging position.
  • Please push the door to .
  • * 1913 ,
  • He went in his room, pushed the door to , without fastening the latch.
  • (nautical) Into the wind.
  • Synonyms

    * closed, shut


    * open, ajar

    See also

    * come to * heave to * lean-to * set-to * to and fro * (English Citations of "to")


    * Andrea Tyler and Vyvyan Evans, "Spatial particles of orientation", in The Semantics of English Prepositions: Spatial Scenes, Embodied Meaning and Cognition , Cambridge University Press, 2003, 0-521-81430 8