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toward

play
preposition to·ward \ ˈtō-ərd , ˈtȯ(-ə)rd \
variants: or towards play \ˈtō-ərd(z), ˈtȯ(-ə)rd(z), tə-ˈwȯrd(z), ˈtwȯrd(z)\
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of toward

1 :in the direction of
  • driving toward town
2 a :along a course leading to
  • a long stride toward disarmament
b :in relation to
  • an attitude toward life
3 a :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
5 a :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

First Known Use of toward

before 12th century

toward Synonyms


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toward

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

Definition of toward

1 or less commonly towards play \ˈtō-ərdz, ˈtȯ(-ə)rdz\
[Middle English towardes, from Old English tōweardes, preposition, toward, from tōweard, adjective]
a :coming soon :imminent
b :happening at the moment :afoot
2 a obsolete :quick to learn :apt
b :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 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 :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 :2near
  • I awoke toward morning.
6 :as part of the payment for
  • She put money toward a new car.


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