towards

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From toward +‎ -s. See -s (Etymology 3)

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Preposition[edit]

towards (mainly in British English)

  1. Variant of toward.

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Usage notes[edit]

  • Although some have tried to discern a semantic distinction between the words toward and towards, the difference is merely dialectal. Towards is the most common form, while toward tends to appear only in American English.

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Adverb[edit]

towards (comparative more towards, superlative most towards)

  1. (obsolete) In the direction of something (indicated by context).
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.iv:
      Thus as he spake, lo far away they spyde / A varlet running towards hastily [...].

Adjective[edit]

towards (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Near; at hand; in state of preparation; toward.
    • Shakespeare
      We have a trifling foolish banquet / Towards.

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