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Meaning of toward by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old English tōweard, to +‎ -ward


    • ( RP ) IPA: /təˈwɔːd/, SAMPA: /t@"wO:d/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /twɔːɹd/, /tɔːɹd/, SAMPA: /tO:r\d/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )d, -wɔːd
    • Hyphenation: to‧ward


    toward ( mainly in US English )

    1. Moving in the direction of ( but not necessarily arriving at ) .
      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 .


    Usage notes


    toward ( not comparable )

    1. ( obsolete ) Future; that is to come.
    2. ( dated ) Approaching, coming near; impending.


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    By Wiktionary ( 2011/10/18 13:14 UTC Version )



    1. ( archaic ) toward

Definition of toward by GCIDE Dictionary


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

    He set his face toward the wilderness. Num. xxiv. 1.

    The waves make towards the pebbled shore. Shak.

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

    His eye shall be evil toward his brother. Deut. xxviii. 54.

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

    3. Tending to; in the direction of; in behalf of.

    This was the first alarm England received towards any trouble. Clarendom.

    4. Near; about; approaching to.

    I am toward nine years older since I left you. Swift.

  2. Toward, Towards adv. Near; at hand; in state of preparation.

    Do you hear sught, sir, of a battle toward ? Shak.

    We have a trifling foolish banquet Towards. Shak.

  3. Toward a. [AS. See Toward, prep.]
    1. Approaching; coming near. “His toward peril.” Spenser.

    2. Readly to do or learn; compliant with duty; not froward; apt; docile; tractable; as, “a toward youth”.

    3. Ready to act; forward; bold; valiant.

    Why, that is spoken like a toward prince. Shak.