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Definitions for toward
tɔrd, toʊrd, twɔrd, twoʊrd; tɔrd, toʊrdto·ward

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Wiktionary

  1. towardadjective

    Future; that which is to come.

  2. towardadjective

    Approaching, coming near; impending; present, at hand.

  3. towardadjective

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

  4. towardadjective

    Promising, likely; froward.

    Why, that is spoken like a toward prince. Shakespeare.

  5. towardpreposition

    Moving in the direction of (but not necessarily arriving at).

    She moved toward the door.

  6. towardpreposition

    In relation to (someone or something).

    What are your feelings toward him?

  7. towardpreposition

    For the purpose of attaining (an aim).

    I'm saving money toward retirement.

  8. towardpreposition

    Located close to; near (a time or place).

    Our place is over toward the station.

  9. Etymology: From toweard, equivalent to

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Towardadjective

    Ready to do or learn; not froward.

  2. Toward, Towardsadverb

    Near; at hand; in a state of preparation.

    Etymology: It is doubtful whether in this use the word be adverb or adjective.

    What might be toward that this sweaty haste
    Doth make the night joint labourer with the day. William Shakespeare.

  3. Toward, Towardsprep.

    Etymology: toward , Saxon.

    He set his face toward the wilderness. Num. xxiv. 1.

    The currents drive,
    Tow’rds the retreating sea, their furious tide. John Milton.

    We brought them to as great peace between themselves, as love towards us for having made the peace. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Repent you not,
    As that the sin hath brought you to this shame,
    Which sorrow’s always tow’rds ourselves, not heav’n? William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    His heart relented towards her. John Milton.

    By our law, no good is to be left undone towards all, not the good of the tongue, the hand, the heart. Robert South, Sermons.

    This was the first alarm England received towards any trouble, after it had enjoyed for so many years the most uninterrupted prosperity. Edward Hyde, b. ii.

    I am towards nine years older since I left you. Jonathan Swift.

Wikipedia

  1. Toward

    Toward; (Scottish Gaelic: Tollard) is a village near Dunoon, Scotland, at the southern tip of the Cowal peninsula. During the Second World War, the Toward area was a training centre called HMS Brontosaurus also known as the No 2 Combined Training Centre (CTC), based at Castle Toward.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Toward

    alt. of Towards

  2. Towardadverb

    alt. of Towards

  3. Toward

    approaching; coming near

  4. Toward

    readly to do or learn; compliant with duty; not froward; apt; docile; tractable; as, a toward youth

  5. Toward

    ready to act; forward; bold; valiant

Wikidata

  1. Toward

    Toward is a village near Dunoon at the southern tip of the Cowal peninsula in Argyll and Bute, Scotland.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Toward

    tō′ard, Towards, tō′ardz, prep. in the direction of: with a tendency to: for, as a help to: near, about.—adv. nearly: in a state of preparation. [A.S. tóweard, adj., to, and ward, sig. direction.]

  2. Toward

    -ly, tō′ward, -li, adj. ready to do or learn: apt.—ns. Tō′wardness, Tō′wardliness.

Editors Contribution

  1. toward

    To a specific direction.

    They moved toward the village green to ensure they got to see the village bandstand and music.


    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TOWARD

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Toward is ranked #95115 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Toward surname appeared 192 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Toward.

    91.1% or 175 total occurrences were White.
    6.7% or 13 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of toward in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of toward in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of toward in a Sentence

  1. Jamie Kim:

    Christians have led the way toward bridge building in the last 20-plus years, and the summit can potentially open the border between North and South Korea. While many of the Western NGOs and businesses have abandoned North Korea, it is the Christians who have stayed the ground.

  2. Public Health -LRB- DPH -RRB-:

    Rabies can turn wild animals extremely aggressive toward humans and pets, it is always important to be sure to never approach or feed wild animals. Keeping your trash covered and not leaving pet food outside of your house can be helpful ways to prevent attracting unwanted wild animals into our neighborhoods.

  3. Marlene Finny:

    We are working toward that.

  4. Jan Schmidt-Burbach:

    We want to change the demand from elephant riding and elephant shows toward activities that are elephant-friendly, such as observing elephants, if you can ride or have a selfie with the animal, chances are that is cruel to the animal.

  5. Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart:

    Policy will likely transition from being aggressively stimulative toward merely stimulative.

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