toward

toward
to|ward [ tɔrd, tə`wɔrd ] or to|wards [ tɔrdz, tə`wɔrdz ] preposition ***
1. ) in a particular direction used for saying in which direction someone or something is going, facing, or looking:
a stream of traffic speeding toward the city
I saw Joanna hurrying toward me along the sidewalk.
Victor was standing with his back toward me.
She directed a brief glance toward Peter.
a path leading towards the river
2. ) concerning someone/something used when saying how you feel about someone or something or how you treat them:
He's not feeling very friendly toward you at the moment.
the Church's attitude toward divorce
international policy toward Iraq
3. ) nearer to a particular result used for showing how a process is developing in a way that will produce a particular result:
progress toward European unity
Not much has been done toward improving safety.
4. ) near a time or place
a ) a little before a particular time:
I'll call you some time toward the end of the week.
It was toward midnight when finally she sent the children off to bed.
b ) not far from a particular place or position:
Caroline's name appeared toward the bottom of the list.
Toward the edge of the forest there were patches of yellow primroses.
5. ) helping to pay for something if money goes toward something, it helps to pay for it:
The money will go toward building new homes for poor villagers.
I would be happy to contribute a little toward the cost of the gas.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Toward — To ward, Towards To wards, prep.[AS. ? impending, imminent, future, toward, ? towards. See {To}, and {ward}, {wards}.] 1. In the direction of; to. [1913 Webster] He set his face toward the wilderness. Num. xxiv. 1. [1913 Webster] The waves make… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Toward — ( gd. Tollard) is a village near Dunoon at the southern tip of the Cowal peninsula in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Nearby is Castle Toward, a former country house built close to the ruined Toward Castle. Now an outdoor education centre, its grounds …   Wikipedia

  • Toward — To ward, a. [AS. ?. See {Toward}, prep.] 1. Approaching; coming near. His toward peril. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. Readly to do or learn; compliant with duty; not froward; apt; docile; tractable; as, a toward youth. [1913 Webster] 3. Ready to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • toward — [tôrd; tōrd, tō′ərd; twôrd; too wôrd′, təwôrd′; ] for adj. [ tō′ərd, tôrd] prep. [ME < OE toweard: see TO1 & WARD] 1. in the direction of 2. so as to face; facing 3. in a manner designed to achieve or along a course likely to result in; in… …   English World dictionary

  • toward — toward, towards In BrE towards is much the more common form for the preposition, whereas in AmE toward is more usual: We walked toward / towards the house …   Modern English usage

  • Toward — To ward, Towards To wards adv. Near; at hand; in state of preparation. [1913 Webster] Do you hear sught, sir, of a battle toward ? Shak. [1913 Webster] We have a trifling foolish banquet Towards. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • toward — / towards [prep1] on the way to; near against, almost, approaching, close to, coming up, contra, en route, facing, for, fronting, headed for, in relation to, in the direction of, in the vicinity, just before, moving, nearing, nearly, not quite,… …   New thesaurus

  • toward — O.E. toweard in the direction of, prepositional use of toweard (adj.) coming, approaching, from to (see TO (Cf. to)) + weard, from P.Gmc. * warth, from PIE *wert turn (see WARD (Cf. ward)). Towards with …   Etymology dictionary

  • toward — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English toward, from Old English tōweard facing, imminent, from tō, preposition, to + weard ward Date: before 12th century 1. (also towards) [Middle English towardes, from Old English tōweardes, preposition, toward …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • toward — towardness, n. prep. /tawrd, tohrd, teuh wawrd , twawrd, twohrd/; adj. /tawrd, tohrd/, prep. Also, towards. 1. in the direction of: to walk toward the river. 2. with a view to obtaining or having; for: They re saving money toward a new house. 3.… …   Universalium

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