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.
Recent Examples on the Web
The only consensus is that the current march toward anarchy will grind on and civilians will bear the cost.—Jason Motlagh, Rolling Stone, 26 Nov. 2023 Threats and assaults toward Jewish, Muslim, pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian students on college campuses have been on the rise since the Oct. 7 terror attacks on Israel and the counterattacks in Gaza that have followed.—Laura Strickler, NBC News, 25 Nov. 2023 Sanders came charging forward, leaped in front of Jones, made the interception and took off toward the end zone.—Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2023 The number of migrants entering Europe this year soared to levels not seen since 2016, amplifying the far right’s rallying cry against migrants and prodding mainstream politicians toward harder lines.—Loveday Morris, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2023 Some businesses are turning toward parametric policies, a type of coverage that pays in response to specific weather events and with a less intense adjustment process, Hillwood’s Chambers said.—Richard Vanderford, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2023 As is typical with many of his shows, the concert gets underway with some more traditional jazz before a fifth member of the quintet joins in on percussion, so there’s plenty of sublime stuff here whether your tastes run toward the Latin flavor or not.—Chris Willman, Variety, 24 Nov. 2023 On Friday, June Steenkamp opened up in a victim impact statement obtained by PEOPLE and urged the parole board panels to take measures toward fairly evaluating an inmate’s rehabilitation by determining whether the convicted is truly remorseful.—Nicole Acosta, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 Sixty-two percent of Asian American voters either identify as Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party, compared to 34% who lean toward the Republican Party, according to a May report by the Pew Research Center.—Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News, 14 Nov. 2023
As the pressure has mounted, Paul and Ally have moved toward and away from each other.—Peter Libbey, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2020 See More
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Middle English toward, from Old English tōweard facing, imminent, from tō, preposition, to + -weard -ward
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
The first known use of toward was
before the 12th century