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[prep. tawrd, tohrd, tuh-wawrd, twawrd, twohrd; adj. tawrd, tohrd] /prep. tɔrd, toʊrd, təˈwɔrd, twɔrd, twoʊrd; adj. tɔrd, toʊrd/
preposition, Also, towards
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.
  1. promising or apt, as a student.
  2. compliant; docile.
Origin of toward
before 900; Middle English; Old English tōweard. See to, -ward
Related forms
towardness, noun Unabridged
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  • Researchers have taken only the first steps toward finding definitive answers to both of those questions.
  • toward a more rigorous and constructive dialogue on intelligent infrastructure.
  • Engineers make progress toward new green fuels and energy storage devices.
  • Common name refers to heavy trunk of mature trees, which is broad at base, tapering toward top.
  • The trend toward privatization could subject public universities, whose credit ratings have historically been higher.
  • Researchers have known for several years that this warm period led to dramatic migrations of animals toward the poles.
  • The universe is racing toward something beyond it, a new study suggests.
  • Fledgling step toward quantum telecommunications relays.
  • And it isn't as simple as moving north or south toward the poles.
  • We need to move away from esoteric inquiries and toward specific behaviors necessary to be a successful dean.
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 Forms
towardness, 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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