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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Arming even a fraction of them would go a long way toward replenishing the coffers of gun manufacturers and, in turn, the NRA. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The Biggest Gun Violence Myths Debunked," 28 May 2019 The new funding the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will receive in New York’s state budget will go a long way toward supporting the agency’s next five-year capital-spending plan, MTA Chairman Patrick Foye said. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Budget Funding Will Cover $25 Billion in MTA Upgrades, Chairman Says," 1 Apr. 2019 Yet even Khalilzad has expressed reservations about elections as all sides seek to find a way toward peace. Kathy Gannon, The Seattle Times, "Powerful political leader warns against squandering peace," 20 Feb. 2019 Together initiative, and links users in need with a member of its 1,000-person volunteer team to talk through the situation and work toward solutions. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Cambridges & Sussexes Launch Mental Health Texting Service Shout," 9 May 2019 Steam holes line both sides and the tip and deep channels help spread the steam toward the center and trap pockets of air for easy gliding over fabrics. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "5 Best Cordless Irons to Buy in 2019, According to Cleaning Experts," 15 Feb. 2019 By contrast, King argues, the Wankel's eccentric rotors experience a force acting toward the center of the engine, and that can cause the apex seal to lift, resulting in gases leaking between chambers. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "The Rhombus Rotary Engine: Can a Quirky New Design Top the Famous Wankel?," 18 Jan. 2019 To maintain that smooth profile, the light at the edge of the lens has to bend itself toward the center. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Gas jets make beautiful lens for light we can’t normally focus," 21 Dec. 2018 This is a refreshing change of pace, and your thoughts will change from being about the philosophical aspects of your work toward a more practical application of your knowledge in the real world. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April’s Cancer Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 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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