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PREPOSITIONS. To == "equivalent to," "for"

To, from meaning "like," came into the meaning of "representation," "equivalence," "apposition." (Comp. Latin "Habemus Deum amico.")

“I have a king here to my flatterer.

“To crave the French king's sister
To wife for Edward.

“Now therefore would I have thee to my tutor.

“Destiny . . . that hath to instrument this lower world.

“And with her to dowry some petty dukedoms.

“Lay their swords to pawn.

“Had I admittance and opportunity to friend.

“Tunis was never graced before with
Such a paragon to their queen.

Compare also Macb. iii. 3; J. C. i. 5. “The king had no port to friend.” CLARENDON, Hist. 7. “A fond woman to my mother (i.e. who was my mother)
taught me so.” WAGER. Thus "to boot" means "by way of, or for, addition." So in E. E. "to sooth" is used for "forsooth."

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