Definition of toward in English:

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Pronunciation: /tôrd/
Pronunciation: /t(ə)ˈwôrd/


(also towards /tôrdz/ /t(ə)ˈwôrdz/)
1In the direction of: I walked toward the front door
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  • He dismounted his horse and walked directly toward him, a black cape fluttering behind him.
  • She walked away from me toward the direction of her locker, and I was left on my own to search for my math class.
  • Just as I started to walk toward the direction she came from, she stopped and called after me.
in the direction of, to;
on the way to, on the road to, en route to
1.1Getting closer to achieving (a goal): an irresistible move toward freedom
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  • By trial and error, I moved toward achieving my goals, and you can do the same.
  • By increasing your metabolism, you can burn calories and move closer toward your goal of losing fat.
  • Think of prosecutorial budget-sharing as an interim goal toward still greater freedom.
1.2Close or closer to (a particular time): toward the end of April
just before, shortly before, near, around, approaching, close to, coming to, getting on for
2As regards; in relation to: he was warm and tender toward her our attitude toward death
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  • They really were expressions of contempt and rebellion toward what his peers regarded as holy.
  • As it is officially under the State Secretariat, its content is often regarded as biased toward the government.
  • Those blockages are causes and consequences of a political culture that's oriented toward death.
with regard to, as regards, regarding, in regard to, respecting, in relation to, concerning, about, apropos, vis-à-vis
3Contributing to the cost of (something): the council provided a grant toward the cost of new buses
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  • Well, a big piece of that is that a lot of companies are having to redeploy assets toward higher energy cost.
  • The awards will be used toward the cost of studies at any Canadian university or college this fall.
  • The money you pay for your daily paper goes only toward its distribution costs.
as a contribution to, for, to help with


[predicative] archaic
Going on; in progress: is something new toward?


Old English tōweard (see to, -ward).

Words that rhyme with toward

aboard, abroad, accord, afford, applaud, award, bawd, board, broad, chord, Claude, cord, ford, fraud, gaud, Gawd, hoard, horde, laud, lord, maraud, milord, sward, sword, unawed, unexplored, unrestored, ward

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Syllabification: to·ward

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