toward

preposition
to·​ward | \ ˈtō-ərd How to pronounce toward (audio) , ˈtȯ(-ə)rd How to pronounce toward (audio) \
variants: or towards \ ˈtō-​ərd(z) How to pronounce towards (audio) , ˈtȯ(-​ə)rd(z) , tə-​ˈwȯrd(z) , ˈtwȯrd(z) \

Definition of toward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : in the direction of driving toward town
2a : along a course leading to a long stride toward disarmament
b : in relation to an attitude toward life
3a : 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
4 : not long before toward the end of the afternoon
5a : 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

toward

adjective
to·​ward | \ ˈtō-ərd How to pronounce toward (audio) , ˈtȯ(-ə)rd How to pronounce toward (audio) \

Definition of toward (Entry 2 of 2)

1 or less commonly towards \ ˈtō-​ərdz How to pronounce towards (audio) , ˈtȯ(-​ə)rdz How to pronounce towards (audio) \ [ Middle English towardes, from Old English tōweardes, preposition, toward, from tōweard, adjective ]

a : coming soon : imminent
b : happening at the moment : afoot
2a obsolete : quick to learn : apt
b : propitious, favoring a toward breeze

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Examples of toward in a Sentence

Preposition

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.
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Freedom Is a Full Head of Steam In the mid-1970s, the U.S. was moving toward its bicentennial. Tom Bentley, Popular Mechanics, "Why the SP 4449 Is Such a Badass Train," 15 July 2019 Seniors Rachel Schneider and Briana Bush were awarded with scholarship certificates and $1,000 toward tuition. Shiela Johnson, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "North Carroll: Scholarships awarded to local students; National Night Out upcoming in Hampstead, Manchester," 15 July 2019 Trump’s derision toward someone who came to the States as a child refugee is perhaps not surprising given how so many migrant children have suffered under his administration. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump’s Racist Tweets Prove the Power of AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar's Squad," 15 July 2019 That statistic is only part of a larger shift toward synthetic fabrics that has been gaining steam for the past two decades. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "Alabama cotton figures in crop’s resurgence," 15 July 2019 The Good Friday Agreement was signed after a long, painful midwifery, nominally ending a conflict that claimed more than 3,000 lives and set Northern Ireland on a path toward peace. Eamon Lynch, azcentral, "Open Championship at Portrush may be the only thing Northern Ireland can agree on," 15 July 2019 It's since been downgraded from a category 1 hurricane to a tropical depression, but the storm's remnants are still moving through the Southeast — and making their way toward Kentucky. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "When you can expect Hurricane Barry's aftermath to hit Louisville," 15 July 2019 People are not likely to gush to you about how wonderful your ex-husband was (the gushing is generally not directed toward former spouses). Amy Dickinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Ask Amy: Wronged ex-wife struggles with memorial service," 15 July 2019 There is already evidence that e-commerce consumers may be able to be gently pushed toward less harmful choices. Lydia Depillis, CNN, "America's addiction to absurdly fast shipping has a hidden cost," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of toward

Preposition

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for toward

Adjective

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

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The first known use of toward was before the 12th century

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toward

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of toward

: in the direction of (something or someone)
used to indicate the direction faced by something
: near (a particular place)

toward

preposition
to·​ward | \ ˈtō-ərd How to pronounce toward (audio) , tə-ˈwȯrd\
variants: or towards \ ˈtō-​ərdz , tə-​ˈwȯrdz \

Kids Definition of toward

1 : in the direction of We're heading toward town.
2 : along a course leading to They made efforts toward peace.
3 : in regard to I like his attitude toward life.
4 : so as to face Their backs were toward me.
5 : near entry 2 I awoke toward morning.
6 : as part of the payment for She put money toward a new car.

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