from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. Future; to come.
- adj. Approaching, coming near; impending; present, at hand.
- adj. Yielding, pliant; docile; ready or apt to learn; not froward.
- adj. Promising, likely; froward.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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 The 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.
Middle English, from Old English tōweard : tō, to; see to + -weard, -ward.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English tōweard, equivalent to to + -ward (Wiktionary)