too

too
W1S1 [tu:] adv
[: Old English; Origin: to 'to, too']
1.) [+ adjective/adverb]
more than is acceptable or possible
Do you think the music's too loud?
You've put too much salt in the soup.
There are too many cars on the road.
much/far too
Amanda is far too young to get married.
too ... for sth/sb
I was getting too old for romantic relationships.
My boots were three sizes too big for me.
too ... to do sth
He was too ill to travel.
too ... for sb to do sth
The box was too heavy for me to lift.
2.) used at the end of a sentence or ↑clause to mean 'also'
There were people from all over Europe, and America too.
Can I come too?
'I'm feeling hungry.' 'Me too.'
It's a more efficient system and it's cheaper too.
see usage notealso
3.) [+ adjective/adverb] spoken
used with a negative to mean 'not very'
She doesn't seem too upset about it.
'What was the weather like?' 'Oh, not too bad.'
She was none too pleased (=not at all pleased) when I told her.
4.) all too/only too
used to emphasize that a particular situation exists when you wish it did not exist
Beggars are becoming an all too familiar sight in our cities.
I regret to say that these rumours are only too true.
5.) used to emphasize a remark that you are adding
'He's been banned from driving.' 'A good thing too!'
'A woman farmer?' asked Gabriel. 'Yes, and a rich one too.'
6.) I am/he is/you are etc too!
informal especially AmE used to emphasize that you disagree with what someone has said about someone or something
'You're not smart enough to use a computer.' 'I am too!'
7.) be too much for sb
used to say that something is so difficult, tiring, upsetting etc that someone cannot do it or bear it
Working full-time was too much for her.
The shock was too much for him.
8.) [+ adjective/adverb] spoken formal very
Thank you. You are too kind.
9.) be only too glad/pleased to do sth
to be very willing to do something
I'd be only too pleased to assist you.
10.) too little, too late
used to complain that not enough is being done to solve a problem and that the action did not start early enough
Doctors have criticized the government's response to the crisis as too little, too late.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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