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Definitions for toward
tɔrd, toʊrd, twɔrd, twoʊrd; tɔrd, toʊrdto·ward
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word toward.
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Future; that which is to come.
Approaching, coming near; impending; present, at hand.
Yielding, pliant; docile; ready or apt to learn; not froward.
Promising, likely; froward.
Why, that is spoken like a toward prince. Shakespeare.
Moving in the direction of (but not necessarily arriving at).
She moved toward the door.
In relation to (someone or something).
What are your feelings toward him?
For the purpose of attaining (an aim).
I'm saving money toward retirement.
Located close to; near (a time or place).
Our place is over toward the station.
Etymology: From toweard, equivalent to
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Ready to do or learn; not froward.
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.
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.
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.
alt. of Towards
alt. of Towards
approaching; coming near
readly to do or learn; compliant with duty; not froward; apt; docile; tractable; as, a toward youth
ready to act; forward; bold; valiant
Toward is a village near Dunoon at the southern tip of the Cowal peninsula in Argyll and Bute, Scotland.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.—tó, to, and ward, sig. direction.]
-ly, tō′ward, -li, adj. ready to do or learn: apt.—ns. Tō′wardness, Tō′wardliness.
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
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.
The numerical value of toward in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of toward in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of toward in a Sentence
These shifts point toward a welcome change for buyers who are still in the market, the upcoming fall season may offer an even better window of opportunity, as long as the inventory landscape continues improving, as we've seen in recent months.
We are shaping up for a bumpy ride in the summer as the Greek crisis means a risk-on, risk-off approach is seen in the markets, investors are likely going to move toward a more conservative positioning in their portfolios.
You progress not through improving what has been done, but reaching toward what has yet to be done.
If the president is coming to see what really happened here and if that constitutes a step toward the abolition of nuclear arms in future, I don't think we should demand an apology, it has been really tough for those who lost family members. But if we demand an apology, that would make it impossible for him to come.
When McDonald got to within 12 to 15 feet of the officers, Van Dyke swung the knife toward the officers in an aggressive manner, van Dyke opened fire with Van Dyke handgun and McDonald fell to the ground. Van Dyke continued firing Van Dyke weapon at McDonald as McDonald continued moving on the ground, attempting to get up while still armed with the knife.
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- به سمتPersian
- ke arahIndonesian
- em direção aPortuguese
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