toward
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /tə.ˈwɔːd/, [tʰə̥ˈwɔːd]
  • (America) IPA: /tʊ.ˈwɔɹd/, [tʰə̥ˈwɔɹ̠d̠], [tʰw̥ɔɹ̠d̠]
  • (New Zealand) IPA: /tɘ.ˈwoːd/, [tʰɘ̥ˈwoːd], [tʰw̥oːd]

Preposition
  1. In the direction of.
    She moved toward the door.
    • , Book of Numbers xxiv. 1
      He set his face toward the wilderness.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter III, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384 ↗:
      Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
    • 2019, [https://web.archive.org/web/20190311070055/https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/south-korea-proposes-rain-project-with-china-to-cut-pollution/4819207.html VOA Learning English] (public domain)
      China has claimed that South Korea’s dust flies toward Shanghai.
  2. In relation to (someone or something).
    What are your feelings toward him?
    • , Book of Deuteronomy
      His eye shall be evil toward his brother.
  3. For the purpose of attaining (an aim).
    I'm saving money toward retirement.
  4. Located close to; near (a time or place).
    Our place is over toward the station.
    • January 8, 1723, Jonathan Swift, letter to John Gay
      I am toward nine years older since I left you.
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Adjective

toward (not comparable)

  1. Yielding, pliant; docile; ready or apt to learn; not froward.
  2. (obsolete) Future; to-come.
  3. (dated) Approaching, coming near; impending; present, at hand.
  4. (obsolete or archaic) Promising, likely.
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