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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition About $5,000 went toward replacing the old electrical wiring, and much of the rest paid for refinishing the floors, removing the popcorn ceilings, and making other aesthetic improvements. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Sep. 2021 For many fast-food establishments, the pandemic has accelerated a trend toward online and app-based ordering, and drive-through technology. Aaron Gregg And Hamza Shaban, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Sep. 2021 Phillips walked toward first base with his bat before flipping it into the air. orlandosentinel.com, 18 Sep. 2021 At the headquarters, police herded protesters toward a cafeteria on the fifth floor of a nearby building. Los Angeles Times, 18 Sep. 2021 The idea behind the two new metrics is to illustrate the company’s shift toward software and recurring revenue, Chief Financial Officer Scott Herren said. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2021 Newsom's ability to shift voters' attention toward the GOP alternative may present the race's most important lesson for other Democrats. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, 14 Sep. 2021 This year’s rankings continue last year’s small but meaningful shift toward educational outputs, as opposed to the premium that’s historically been placed on incoming student credentials and institutional inputs. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Too Soon misses some larger context that satirical news, one of comedy’s most dominant forms in the post-9/11 world, was a part of—namely, the unintended consequences of the shift toward infotainment. Sascha Cohen, The Atlantic, 10 Sep. 2021 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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The first known use of toward was before the 12th century

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20 Sep 2021

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“Toward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toward. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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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