toward

toward
1. preposition /təˈwɔːd,twɔːɹd,tɔːɹd/
a) Moving in the direction of (but not necessarily arriving at).

She moved toward the door.

b) In relation to (someone or something).

What are your feelings toward him?

2. adjective /təˈwɔːd,twɔːɹd,tɔːɹd/
a) Approaching, coming near; impending; present, at hand.

ere that wished day his beame disclosd, / He either enuying my toward good, / Or of himselfe to treason ill disposd / One day vnto me came in friendly mood [...].

b) Yielding, pliant; docile; ready or apt to learn; not froward.

On the morrow […] orders the Cellerarius to send off his carpenters to demolish the said structure brevi manu, and lay up the wood in safe keeping. Old Dean Herbert, hearing what was toward, comes tottering along hither, to plead humbly for himself and his mill.


Wikipedia foundation.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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 — 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… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 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

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”