Toward To"ward, Towards To"wards, prep.[AS. ? impending, imminent, future, toward, ? towards. See {To}, and -{ward}, {wards}.] 1. In the direction of; to. [1913 Webster]

He set his face toward the wilderness. --Num. xxiv. 1. [1913 Webster]

The waves make towards" the pebbled shore. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. With direction to, in a moral sense; with respect or reference to; regarding; concerning. [1913 Webster]

His eye shall be evil toward his brother. --Deut. xxviii. 54. [1913 Webster]

Herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men. --Acts xxiv. 16. [1913 Webster]

3. Tending to; in the direction of; in behalf of. [1913 Webster]

This was the first alarm England received towards any trouble. --Clarendom. [1913 Webster]

4. Near; about; approaching to. [1913 Webster]

I am toward nine years older since I left you. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • toward — [tôrd; tōrd, tō′ərd; twôrd; too wôrd′, təwôrd′; ] for adj. [ tō′ərd, tôrd] prep. [ME < OE toweard: see TO1 & WARD] 1. in the direction of 2. so as to face; facing 3. in a manner designed to achieve or along a course likely to result in; in… …   English World dictionary

  • toward — toward, towards In BrE towards is much the more common form for the preposition, whereas in AmE toward is more usual: We walked toward / towards the house …   Modern English usage

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  • toward — / towards [prep1] on the way to; near against, almost, approaching, close to, coming up, contra, en route, facing, for, fronting, headed for, in relation to, in the direction of, in the vicinity, just before, moving, nearing, nearly, not quite,… …   New thesaurus

  • toward — O.E. toweard in the direction of, prepositional use of toweard (adj.) coming, approaching, from to (see TO (Cf. to)) + weard, from P.Gmc. * warth, from PIE *wert turn (see WARD (Cf. ward)). Towards with …   Etymology dictionary

  • toward — to|ward [ tɔrd, tə wɔrd ] or to|wards [ tɔrdz, tə wɔrdz ] preposition *** 1. ) in a particular direction used for saying in which direction someone or something is going, facing, or looking: a stream of traffic speeding toward the city I saw… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • toward — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English toward, from Old English tōweard facing, imminent, from tō, preposition, to + weard ward Date: before 12th century 1. (also towards) [Middle English towardes, from Old English tōweardes, preposition, toward …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • toward — towardness, n. prep. /tawrd, tohrd, teuh wawrd , twawrd, twohrd/; adj. /tawrd, tohrd/, prep. 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.… …   Universalium

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