towards
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /təˈwɔːdz/, [tʰə̥ˈwɔːdz]
  • (America) IPA: /tʊˈwɔɹdz/, [tʰə̥ˈwɔɹ̠d̠z], [tʰw̥ɔɹ̠d̠z]
  • (New Zealand) IPA: /tɘˈwoːdz/, [tʰɘ̥ˈwoːdz], [tʰw̥oːdz]

Preposition
  1. Alternative form of toward
    Synonyms: toward
    Antonyms: fromward, fromwards

Adverb

towards (not comparable)

  1. In the direction of something (indicated by context).
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.iv:
      Thus as he spake, lo far away they spyde / A varlet running towards hastily [...].

Adjective

towards (not comparable)

  1. Near; at hand; in state of preparation; toward.
    • c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene v]:
      We have a trifling foolish banquet towards.



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