toward

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See also: towards and to-ward

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English toward, from Old English tōweard, equivalent to to +‎ -ward

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toward (chiefly US)

  1. In the direction of.
    She moved toward the door.
  2. In relation to (someone or something).
    What are your feelings toward him?
  3. For the purpose of attaining (an aim).
    I'm saving money toward retirement.
  4. Located close to; near (a time or place).
    Our place is over toward the station.

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Adjective[edit]

toward (not comparable)

  1. Yielding, pliant; docile; ready or apt to learn; not froward.
  2. (obsolete) Future; to-come.
  3. (dated) Approaching, coming near; impending; present, at hand.
  4. (obsolete or archaic) Promising, likely.

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Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English tōweard, tōwærd; equivalent to to +‎ -ward.

Preposition[edit]

toward

  1. In the direction of; toward.
  2. Into the presence of.
  3. In proximity to; near, by.
  4. In an exchange or communication with; to.
    • c. 1190 - 1215, Layamon, Laȝamon's Brut
      Þe while þe he spac touward Goden.
  5. Having a wont or tendency towards.
  6. Similar to.
  7. Subject to; under the control of.
  8. Useful for; prepared for.

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  • English: toward

Adjective[edit]

toward

  1. Future, forthcoming; to come.
  2. Near at hand; imminent, nigh.
  3. Moving forth.
  4. of goodwill, benevolent; well-tempered, gentle.

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toward

  1. In a given direction, typically toward something specific.
  2. Nearly, almost.

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