toward[tôrd; tōrd, tō′ərd; twôrd; to̵o wôrd′, tə-; for adj. tō′ərd, tôrd]
An example of toward used as a preposition is in the sentence, "Move toward the door," which means to move near the door.
- in the direction of
- so as to face; facing
- in a manner designed to achieve or along a course likely to result in; in order to get or further: steps toward peace
- concerning; regarding; about: a negative attitude toward abstract art
- close to or just before (in time): toward daybreak
- so as to help pay for: to contribute toward a new library
Origin of towardMiddle English ; from Old English toweard: see to and amp; -ward
- favorable; propitious
- ready to learn; promising
- docile; compliant
- at hand; imminent
- being done; in progress: used predicatively
- In the direction of: driving toward home.
- In a position facing: had his back toward me.
- Somewhat before in time: It began to rain toward morning.
- With regard to; in relation to: an optimistic attitude toward the future.
- In furtherance or partial fulfillment of: contributed five dollars toward the bill.
- By way of achieving; with a view to: efforts toward peace.
Origin of towardMiddle English, from Old English tōweard : tō, to; see to + -weard, -ward. Usage Note: Some critics have tried to discern a semantic distinction between toward and towards, but the difference is entirely dialectal. Toward is more common in American English; towards is the predominant form in British English.
(mainly in American English)
- In the direction of.
- She moved toward the door.
- In relation to (someone or something).
- What are your feelings toward him?
- For the purpose of attaining (an aim).
- I'm saving money toward retirement.
- Located close to; near (a time or place).
- Our place is over toward the station.
From Old English tÅweard, equivalent to to +"Ž -ward