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Meaning of TOWARD

Pronunciation:  [adj]'towwurd, [prep]towrd, 'towehrdz

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \To"ward\, Towards \To"wards\, prep.[AS. ? impending,
    imminent, future, toward, ? towards. See {To}, and -{ward},
    1. In the direction of; to.
             He set his face toward the wilderness. --Num. xxiv.
             The waves make towards" the pebbled shore. --Shak.
    2. With direction to, in a moral sense; with respect or
       reference to; regarding; concerning.
             His eye shall be evil toward his brother. --Deut.
                                                   xxviii. 54.
             Herein do I exercise myself, to have always a
             conscience void of offense toward God, and toward
             men.                                  --Acts xxiv.
    3. Tending to; in the direction of; in behalf of.
             This was the first alarm England received towards
             any trouble.                          --Clarendom.
    4. Near; about; approaching to.
             I am toward nine years older since I left you.
  2. \To"ward\, Towards \To"wards\ adv.
    Near; at hand; in state of preparation.
          Do you hear sught, sir, of a battle toward ? --Shak.
          We have a trifling foolish banquet Towards. --Shak.
  3. \To"ward\, a. [AS. ?. See {Toward}, prep.]
    1. Approaching; coming near. ``His toward peril.'' --Spenser.
    2. Readly to do or learn; compliant with duty; not froward;
       apt; docile; tractable; as, a toward youth.
    3. Ready to act; forward; bold; valiant.
             Why, that is spoken like a toward prince. --Shak.