[ preposition tawrd, tohrd, tuh-wawrd, twawrd, twohrd; adjective tawrd, tohrd ]
/ preposition tɔrd, toʊrd, təˈwɔrd, twɔrd, twoʊrd; adjective tɔrd, toʊrd /

preposition Also to·wards.


Origin of toward

before 900; Middle English; Old English tōweard. See to, -ward


to·ward·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for towards

British Dictionary definitions for towards (1 of 2)

/ (təˈwɔːdz, tɔːdz) /


in the direction or vicinity oftowards London
with regard toher feelings towards me
as a contribution or help tomoney towards a new car
just beforetowards one o'clock
Irish in comparison withit's no work towards having to do it by hand
Also: toward

British Dictionary definitions for towards (2 of 2)


adjective (ˈtəʊəd)

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

preposition (təˈwɔːd, tɔːd)

a variant of towards

Derived forms of toward

towardness, noun

Word Origin for toward

Old English tōweard; see to, -ward
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Idioms and Phrases with towards


see go a long way toward.

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