[preposition tawrd, tohrd, tuh-wawrd, twawrd, twohrd; adjective tawrd, tohrd]
- in the direction of: to walk toward the river.
- with a view to obtaining or having; for: They're saving money toward a new house.
- in the area or vicinity of; near: Our cabin is toward the top of the hill.
- turned to; facing: Her back was toward me.
- shortly before; close to: toward midnight.
- as a help or contribution to: to give money toward a person's expenses.
- with respect to; as regards: his attitude toward women.
- about to come soon; imminent.
- going on; in progress; afoot: There is work toward.
- propitious; favorable.
- promising or apt, as a student.
- compliant; docile.
Origin of toward
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Examples from the Web for toward
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All the roads into Iraqi Kurdistan and toward Baghdad are closed and now the road toward Syria is also blocked.Has the Kurdish Victory at Sinjar Turned the Tide of ISIS War?
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Stay anywhere long enough and every direction eventually leads you toward a pawnshop of your life.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
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“Mireles is someone capable of moving the nation, and moving it toward justice,” says the padre.Mexico’s Holy Warrior Against the Cartels
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Still, the urge to seek a return to normalcy remains powerful, he said, and could drive more people in Syria toward the truces.Local Truces Are Syria’s Sad Little Pieces of Peace
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He held her hand affectionately in his, and often drew her toward him, that he might kiss her cheek.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The newcomer went quickly, with catlike tread, toward the girl.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Slipping her arm about Evelyn, Grace drew her toward the stairs.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
The posse would plunge ahead, and he could cut in toward Los Toros.
And he saw them turn one by one toward him in the moonlight and wait.
- rare in progress; afoot
- obsolete about to happen; imminent
- obsolete promising or favourable
- a variant of towards
Old English tōweard; see to, -ward
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Word Origin and History for toward
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with toward
see go a long way toward.
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