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 toward (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 toward (audio) , ˈtȯ(-​ə)rdz How to pronounce toward (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

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Even an undercover detective (John Magaro) who confronts Joy toward the end of the film defies stereotype. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Jan. 2022 The two musicians eventually formed punk group Idle Minds toward the end of the year, as an outlet for new musical ideas. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 21 Jan. 2022 This compares with the likes of Pfizer and Moderna (NASDAQ: MRNA), which had their vaccines available toward the end of 2020. Trefis Team, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 The weakness in China's economy toward the end of 2021 has set off suggestions Beijing should prop up growth with interest rate cuts or public works spending. Yuri Kageyama, ajc, 18 Jan. 2022 Fultz and Moore were seen playing two-on-two with two-way players Ignas Brazdeikis and Admiral Schofield toward the end of Tuesday’s practice. Khobi Price, orlandosentinel.com, 18 Jan. 2022 The teeth cleaning comes toward the end of a series of body washes using gradually smaller concentrations of Dawn dish detergent to clean off the gunk. CBS News, 17 Jan. 2022 The best approach for an individual with access to a test is to use it toward the end of their five-day isolation period, but taking the test is not mandatory, according to the CDC guidance. Travis Caldwell, CNN, 17 Jan. 2022 Formal recommendations for legislation on the curriculum should come toward the end of 2022. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As the pressure has mounted, Paul and Ally have moved toward and away from each other. Peter Libbey, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for toward

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

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23 Jan 2022

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“Toward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toward. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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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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