towardness

toward

[prep. tawrd, tohrd, tuh-wawrd, twawrd, twohrd; adj. tawrd, tohrd]
preposition Also, towards.
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.
adjective
8.
about to come soon; imminent.
9.
going on; in progress; afoot: There is work toward.
10.
propitious; favorable.
11.
Obsolete.
a.
promising or apt, as a student.
b.
compliant; docile.

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

towardness, noun
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toward
 
adj
1.  rare in progress; afoot
2.  obsolete about to happen; imminent
3.  obsolete promising or favourable
 
prep
4.  a variant of towards
 
[Old English tōweard; see to, -ward]
 
'towardness
 
n

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toward
O.E. toweard "in the direction of," prepositional use of toweard (adj.) "coming, approaching," from to (see to) + -weard, from P.Gmc. *-warth, from PIE *wert "turn" (see -ward). Towards with adverbial genitive ending, was in O.E. as toweards.
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