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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Located in the tropical forest on the banks of the Ayung River, the school offers immersive and hands-on experiences geared toward protecting Bali’s local communities and spectacular biodiversity. National Geographic, "Bali High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 But Netflix, in particular, has embraced teen-centered shows that appear to be geared toward anyone who will watch them. Bethonie Butler, Washington Post, "With rampant drug use and graphic sex scenes, ‘Euphoria’ is the latest teen TV show that isn’t actually meant for teens," 17 June 2019 But the most obvious card – the one that many people in Omaha are asking about — is primarily geared toward offense, when players are at the plate or on the basepaths. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "What's with Michigan baseball's big belt buckles?," 17 June 2019 Netflix’s new series Trinkets, which is undoubtedly geared toward a younger audience, also features parents who alarmingly have no idea the troubles their teenage daughters experience. Ariana Brockington, refinery29.com, "Elodie's Dad's Reaction To Her Shoplifting On Trinkets Is A Problem," 15 June 2019 Make changes that are geared toward saving money and improving your health. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: June 13, 2019," 13 June 2019 While geared toward people of faith, the conference is non-denominational. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone opens fire in your church, temple or synagogue. Now what?," 13 June 2019 Amazon is refreshing its line of Echo speakers geared toward kids with the new Echo Dot Kids Edition. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Amazon’s new Echo Dot Kids Edition comes in blue or rainbow colors," 12 June 2019 In an interview, Governor DeWine said that Ohio had recognized that dealing with the crisis required a long-term educational strategy geared toward addressing childhood traumas, not just improving grades. Dan Levin, New York Times, "Inside the Elementary School Where Drug Addiction Sets the Curriculum," 12 June 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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