towards

  • 1 Towards — To wards, prep. & adv. See {Toward}. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 2 towards — [tôrdz; tōrdz, tō′ərdz; twôrdz; too wôrdz′, təwôrdz′] prep. 〚ME towardes < OE toweardes < toweard + adv. gen. ( e)s〛 TOWARD * * * to·wards (tôrdz, tōrdz, tə wôrdzʹ) prep. Variant of toward. adj. Variant of toward. * * * …

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  • 3 towards — (chiefly N. Amer. also toward) ► PREPOSITION 1) in the direction of. 2) getting nearer to (a time or goal). 3) in relation to. 4) contributing to the cost of. ORIGIN Old English …

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  • 4 towards — [tôrdz; tōrdz, tō′ərdz; twôrdz; too wôrdz′, təwôrdz′] prep. [ME towardes < OE toweardes < toweard + adv. gen. ( e)s] TOWARD …

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  • 5 towards — [[t]təwɔ͟ː(r)dz, AM tɔ͟ːrdz[/t]] ♦ (in AM and sometimes in BRIT, use toward) 1) PREP If you move, look, or point towards something or someone, you move, look, or point in their direction. Caroline leant across the table towards him... Anne left… …

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  • 6 towards */*/*/ — UK [təˈwɔː(r)dz] / US [təˈwɔrdz] preposition 1) in a particular direction used for saying in which direction someone or something is going, facing, or looking a stream of traffic speeding towards West London I saw Joanna hurrying towards me along …

    English dictionary

  • 7 towards — to|wards W1S1 [təˈwo:dz US to:rdz, two:rdz] prep especially BrE to|ward [təˈwo:d US to:rd, two:rd] especially AmE ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(direction)¦ 2¦(producing a result)¦ 3¦(feeling/attitude)¦ 4¦(help pay for)¦ 5¦(before)¦ 6¦(near)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 8 towards — especially BrE to.ward especially AmE preposition 1 moving, looking, or pointing in a particular direction: He noticed two policemen coming towards him. | All the windows face toward the river. | He was standing with his back towards me. 2 if you …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 towards*/*/*/ — [təˈwɔːdz] preposition 1) going, facing, or looking in a particular direction I saw Joanna hurrying towards me.[/ex] Victor was standing with his back towards me.[/ex] a path leading towards the river[/ex] 2) used when saying how you feel about… …

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  • 10 Towards — Toward To ward, Towards To wards, prep.[AS. ? impending, imminent, future, toward, ? towards. See {To}, and {ward}, {wards}.] 1. In the direction of; to. [1913 Webster] He set his face toward the wilderness. Num. xxiv. 1. [1913 Webster] The waves …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 11 towards — /təˈwɔdz / (say tuh wawdz), /tɔdz / (say tawdz) preposition 1. in the direction of (with reference to either motion or position): to walk towards the north. 2. with respect to; as regards: one s attitude towards a proposition. 3. nearly as late… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 12 towards — prep. 1 in the direction of (set out towards town). 2 as regards; in relation to (his attitude towards death). 3 as a contribution to; for (put this towards your expenses). 4 near (towards the end of our journey). Etymology: OE toweard (adj.)… …

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  • 13 towards — preposition 1) they were driving towards her flat Syn: in the direction of, to, on the way to, on the road to 2) towards evening dark clouds gathered Syn: just before, shortly before, near, around, approaching, get …

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  • 14 towards — toward, towards In BrE towards is much the more common form for the preposition, whereas in AmE toward is more usual: We walked toward / towards the house …

    Modern English usage

  • 15 Towards — Toward To ward, Towards To wards adv. Near; at hand; in state of preparation. [1913 Webster] Do you hear sught, sir, of a battle toward ? Shak. [1913 Webster] We have a trifling foolish banquet Towards. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 16 towards — [OE] The suffix ward or wards, which underlies towards, forward, and a host of other English adverbs and adjectives, comes from a prehistoric Germanic * warth. This in turn goes back to the Indo European base *wert ‘turn’ (source also of English… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 17 towards — toward / towards [prep1] on the way to; near against, almost, approaching, close to, coming up, contra, en route, facing, for, fronting, headed for, in relation to, in the direction of, in the vicinity, just before, moving, nearing, nearly, not… …

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  • 18 towards — [OE] The suffix ward or wards, which underlies towards, forward, and a host of other English adverbs and adjectives, comes from a prehistoric Germanic * warth. This in turn goes back to the Indo European base *wert ‘turn’ (source also of English… …

    Word origins

  • 19 towards — See toward, towards …

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  • 20 towards — I. adjective see toward I, 1 II. preposition see toward II …

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