[preposition tawrd, tohrd, tuh-wawrd, twawrd, twohrd; adjective tawrd, tohrd]

preposition Also to·wards.


Origin of toward

before 900; Middle English; Old English tōweard. See to, -ward
Related formsto·ward·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for toward

Contemporary Examples of toward

Historical Examples of toward

  • He held her hand affectionately in his, and often drew her toward him, that he might kiss her cheek.


    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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for toward


adjective (ˈtəʊəd)

rare in progress; afoot
obsolete about to happen; imminent
obsolete promising or favourable

preposition (təˈwɔːd, tɔːd)

a variant of towards
Derived Formstowardness, noun

Word Origin for toward

Old English tōweard; see to, -ward
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Word Origin and History for toward

Old English toweard "in the direction of," prepositional use of toweard (adj.) "coming, approaching," from to (see to) + -weard, from Proto-Germanic *-warth, from PIE *wert "turn" (see -ward). Towards with adverbial genitive ending, was in Old English as toweards.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with toward


see go a long way toward.

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