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toward

play
preposition to·ward \ˈtō-ərd, ˈtȯ(-ə)rd\
variants: or

towards

play play \ˈtō-ərd(z), ˈtȯ(-ə)rd(z), tə-ˈwȯrd(z), ˈtwȯrd(z), ˈtwōrd(z)\

Definition of toward

  1. 1 :  in the direction of driving toward town

  2. 2a :  along a course leading to a long stride toward disarmamentb :  in relation to an attitude toward life

  3. 3a :  at a point in the direction of :  near a cottage somewhere up toward the lakeb :  in such a position as to be in the direction of your back was toward me

  4. 4 :  not long before toward the end of the afternoon

  5. 5a :  in the way of help or assistance in did all he could toward raising campaign fundsb :  for the partial payment of proceeds go toward the establishment of a scholarship

First Known Use of toward

before 12th century


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toward

play
adjective to·ward \ˈtō-ərd, ˈtȯ(-ə)rd\

Definition of toward

  1. 1 or less commonly towardsplay play play \ˈtō-ərdz, ˈtȯ(-ə)rdz\ [Middle English towardes, from Old English tōweardes, preposition, toward, from tōweard, adjective] a :  coming soon :  imminentb :  happening at the moment :  afoot

  2. 2a obsolete :  quick to learn :  aptb :  propitious, favoring a toward breeze

Examples of toward in a Sentence

  1. The bus is heading toward town.

  2. She took a step toward the door.

  3. They live out towards the edge of town.

  4. We're thinking of taking a vacation towards the end of the month.

  5. Efforts toward peace have been largely unsuccessful.

Origin and Etymology of toward

Middle English toward, from Old English tōweard facing, imminent, from , preposition, to + -weard -ward



TOWARD Defined for English Language Learners

toward

play
preposition

Definition of toward for English Language Learners

  • : in the direction of (something or someone)

  • —used to indicate the direction faced by something

  • : near (a particular place)


TOWARD Defined for Kids

toward

play
preposition to·ward \ˈtō-ərd, tə-ˈwȯrd\
variants: or

towards

\ˈtō-ərdz, tə-ˈwȯrdz\

Definition of toward for Students

  1. 1 :  in the direction of We're heading toward town.

  2. 2 :  along a course leading to They made efforts toward peace.

  3. 3 :  in regard to I like his attitude toward life.

  4. 4 :  so as to face Their backs were toward me.

  5. 5 :  2near I awoke toward morning.

  6. 6 :  as part of the payment for She put money toward a new car.



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