towards

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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Preposition[edit]

towards

  1. alternative form 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. Toward is more common in American English and towards is more common in British English. That is not to say that no American uses towards, it is merely to say that toward is more common in American English, whereas towards is more common in British English.

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Adverb[edit]

towards (not comparable)

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

Statistics[edit]

Most common English words before 1923 in Project Gutenberg: really · replied · making · #375: towards · friends · forth · fire