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[preposition tawrd, tohrd, tuh-wawrd, twawrd, twohrd; adjective tawrd, tohrd]
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preposition Also to·wards.
  1. in the direction of: to walk toward the river.
  2. with a view to obtaining or having; for: They're saving money toward a new house.
  3. in the area or vicinity of; near: Our cabin is toward the top of the hill.
  4. turned to; facing: Her back was toward me.
  5. shortly before; close to: toward midnight.
  6. as a help or contribution to: to give money toward a person's expenses.
  7. with respect to; as regards: his attitude toward women.
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  1. about to come soon; imminent.
  2. going on; in progress; afoot: There is work toward.
  3. propitious; favorable.
  4. Obsolete.
    1. promising or apt, as a student.
    2. compliant; docile.
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Origin of toward

before 900; Middle English; Old English tōweard. See to, -ward
Related formsto·ward·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • 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)
  1. rare in progress; afoot
  2. obsolete about to happen; imminent
  3. obsolete promising or favourable
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preposition (təˈwɔːd, tɔːd)
  1. a variant of towards
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Derived Formstowardness, noun

Word Origin

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with toward


see go a long way toward.

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