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This page has 4 definitions of towards in English and Middle English. Towards is a preposition, an adverb and adjective. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English towards definition


From Middle English towardes, from Old English tōweardes, tōwærdes, equivalent to toward +‎ -s (adverbial suffix).




  1. Alternative form of toward
    Synonym: toward
    Antonyms: fromward, fromwards
    • 1835, Sir John Ross, Sir James Clark Ross, Narrative of a Second Voyage in Search of a North-west Passage …, Volume 1, pages 284–5:
      Towards the following morning, the thermometer fell to 5°; and at daylight, there was not an atom of water to be seen in any direction.
    • 1960 December, Voyageur, “The Mountain Railways of the Bernese Oberland”, in Trains Illustrated, page 752:
      To the left towers the Jungfrau, with the train heading directly towards it.
    • 2011 October 1, Phil McNulty, “Everton 0-2 Liverpool”, in BBC Sport:
      But with Goodison Park openly directing its full hostility towards Atkinson, Liverpool went ahead when Carroll turned in his first Premier League goal of the season after 70 minutes.

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towards (not comparable)

  1. In the direction of something (indicated by context).


towards (not comparable)

  1. Near; at hand; in state of preparation; toward.

Middle English towards definition



  1. Alternative form of towardes