American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- prep. In the direction of: driving toward home.
- prep. In a position facing: had his back toward me.
- prep. Somewhat before in time: It began to rain toward morning.
- prep. With regard to; in relation to: an optimistic attitude toward the future.
- prep. In furtherance or partial fulfillment of: contributed five dollars toward the bill.
- prep. By way of achieving; with a view to: efforts toward peace.
- adj. Favoring success or a good outcome; propitious.
- adj. Happening soon; imminent.
- adj. Obsolete Being quick to understand or learn.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In the direction of.
- To; on the way to; aiming or intending to reach, be, become, do, or the like: referring to destination, goal, end in view, aim, purpose, or design.
- With respect to; as regards; in relation to; concerning; respecting; regarding; expressing relation or reference.
- For; for the purpose of completing, promoting, fostering, defraying, relieving, or the like; as a help or contribution to.
- Near; nearly; about; close upon; as, toward three o'clock.
- [Toward was formerly sometimes divided, and the object inserted between.
- Coming; coming near; approaching; near; future; also, at hand; present.
- Yielding; pliant; hence, docile; ready to do or to learn; apt; not froward.
- Promising; likely; forward.
- prep. Moving in the direction of (but not necessarily arriving at).
- prep. In relation to (someone or something).
- prep. For the purpose of attaining (an aim).
- prep. Located close to; near (a time or place).
- adj. obsolete Future; to come.
- adj. dated Approaching, coming near; impending; present, at hand.
- adj. Yielding, pliant; docile; ready or apt to learn; not froward.
- adj. Promising, likely; froward.
GNU Webster's 1913
- prep. In the direction of; to.
- prep. With direction to, in a moral sense; with respect or reference to; regarding; concerning.
- prep. Tending to; in the direction of; in behalf of.
- prep. Near; about; approaching to.
- adv. Near; at hand; in state of preparation.
- adj. Approaching; coming near.
- adj. Readly to do or learn; compliant with duty; not froward; apt; docile; tractable.
- adj. Ready to act; forward; bold; valiant.
- From Old English tōweard, equivalent to to + -ward (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English tōweard : tō, to; see to + -weard, -ward. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“At present everything seems tending toward the relaxation of ties, toward the substitution of wayward choice for the adherence to obligation, which has its roots in the past.”
“I could not help being moved, and glanced over toward the daughter's seat; but she was gone, and, turning round, I saw her going quietly, almost stealthily, and very quickly, _toward the cove_.”
“Peddler" could be just what it takes to get the wheels turning on a rethink of gender expectations in commitment, and also a label toward which some men may not want to steer, so instead, put on the breaks.”
“So even if, like Larry Craig, who will survive his term toward what end because Craig cannot run and cannot win, so I don't challenge the odds that he would be resigning.”
“In the 20th century, the bench and bar continued their progress if that is the word toward full professional status.”
“The chemist answered the question by turning the label toward her.”
“Jo backed away and turned without a word toward the cabin.”
“Glendenning shouted the name toward the roofbeams above.”
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“I think you will also find the Palestinians use the term toward the Israelis.”
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