toward

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
to•ward /tɔrd, twɔrd/USA pronunciation   prep. Also, toˈwards. 
  1. in the direction of:to walk toward the river.
  2. with a view to having;
    for:They're saving money toward a new house.
  3. in the area or vicinity of;
    near:They live a little way out toward Northport.
  4. turned to;
    facing:turned toward me.
  5. shortly before;
    close to:The moon came out toward midnight.
  6. as a help or contribution to:to give money toward a person's expenses.
  7. with respect to;
    as regards:What are your feelings toward gun control?

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
to•ward  (prep. tôrd, tōrd, tə wôrd, twôrd, twōrd;adj. tôrd, tōrd),USA pronunciation prep. Also, to•wards.
  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. in the area or vicinity of;
    near:Our cabin is toward the top of the hill.
  4. turned to;
    facing:Her back was toward me.
  5. shortly before;
    close to:toward midnight.
  6. as a help or contribution to:to give money toward a person's expenses.
  7. with respect to;
    as regards:his attitude toward women.

adj. 
  1. about to come soon;
    imminent.
  2. going on;
    in progress;
    afoot:There is work toward.
  3. propitious;
    favorable.
  4. [Obs.]
    • promising or apt, as a student.
    • compliant;
      docile.
to•ward ness, n. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English tōweard. See to, -ward


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

toward adj /ˈtəʊəd/
  1. rare in progress; afoot
  2. obsolete about to happen; imminent
  3. obsolete promising or favourable
prep /təˈwɔːd; tɔːd/
  1. a variant of towards
Etymology: Old English tōweard; see to, -ward

ˈtowardness n



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