Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “toward”

toward

preposition  /tɔrd, toʊrd, twɔrd, twoʊrd/ ( also towards,  /tɔrdz, toʊrdz, twɔrdz, twoʊrdz/) us  

toward preposition (MOVEMENT)

in the direction of; closer to: She stood up and walked toward him. The hurricane is heading toward Florida.

toward preposition (RELATION)

in relation to: Their attitudes toward politicians have changed.

toward preposition (POSITION)

near to; just before or around: Our seats were toward the back of the theater. Harry’s book will be published toward the end of the year.

toward preposition (PURPOSE)

for the purpose of (buying or achieving something): I’m saving up to buy a car, and Dad gave me some money toward it. Government should be working toward a cleaner environment. How much does this exam count toward our final grade?
(Definition of toward from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of toward?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

advent calendar

a decorative piece of card, often hung on the wall, that has a small opening with a door for each of the days of the month before Christmas. Children open one of these doors each day, finding a picture under it.

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

tweleb noun

December 22, 2014
informal a Twitter celebrity; (more specifically, someone who has more than 1,000 followers on Twitter) There were a few old and a few new faces, including a tweleb or two. Expect to see and hear more from these cool kids.

Read More