Definition of toward in English:


Syllabification: to·ward
Pronunciation: /tôrd, 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
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    just before, shortly before, near, around, approaching, close to, coming to, getting on for
  • 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


[predic.] archaic Back to top  
  • Going on; in progress: is something new toward?


Old English tōweard (see to, -ward).

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