1to·ward adjective \ˈtō-ərd, ˈtȯ(-ə)rd\
Origin of TOWARD
Middle English toward,
from Old English tōweard
facing, imminent, from tō,
preposition, to + -weard
First Known Use: before 12th century
2to·ward preposition \ˈtō-ərd(z), ˈtȯ(-ə)rd(z), tə-ˈwȯrd(z), ˈtwȯrd(z), ˈtwōrd(z)\
: in the direction of <driving toward town>
a : along a course leading to <a long stride toward disarmament>
b : in relation to <an attitude toward life>
a : at a point in the direction of : near <a cottage somewhere up toward the lake>
b : in such a position as to be in the direction of <your back was toward me>
: not long before <toward the end of the afternoon>
a : in the way of help or assistance in <did all he could toward raising campaign funds>
b : for the partial payment of <proceeds go toward the establishment of a scholarship>
Examples of TOWARD
- The bus is heading toward town.
- She took a step toward the door.
- They live out towards the edge of town.
- We're thinking of taking a vacation towards the end of the month.
- Efforts toward peace have been largely unsuccessful.
First Known Use of TOWARD
before 12th century
Related to TOWARD
- apropos, apropos of, as far as, as for, as regards (also as respects), as to, concerning, of, on, regarding, respecting, touching, about (or towards)
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