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  • See -ward.

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  • suffix Forming adverbs denoting course or direction to, or motion or tendency toward, as in "backwards", "towards", etc.

Etymologies

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From Old English -weardes; akin to Old Saxon and Old Frisian -ward. Old High German -wert, German -wärts, Icelandic -verðr, Gothic -vaírþs, Latin vertere to turn, versus toward, and English worth to become. See worth, intransitive verb, and compare verse.

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