- Toward is defined as the direction of, in the position of or in relation to.
An example of toward used as a preposition is in the sentence, "Move toward the door," which means to move near the door.
toward definition by Webster's New World
- in the direction of
- so as to face; facing
- in a manner designed to achieve or along a course likely to result in; in order to get or further: steps toward peace
- concerning; regarding; about: a negative attitude toward abstract art
- close to or just before (in time): toward daybreak
- so as to help pay for: to contribute toward a new library
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English toweard: see to and amp; -ward
- favorable; propitious
- ready to learn; promising
- docile; compliant
- at hand; imminent
- being done; in progress: used predicatively
toward definition by American Heritage Dictionary
preposition also to·wards
- In the direction of: driving toward home.
- In a position facing: had his back toward me.
- Somewhat before in time: It began to rain toward morning.
- With regard to; in relation to: an optimistic attitude toward the future.
- In furtherance or partial fulfillment of: contributed five dollars toward the bill.
- By way of achieving; with a view to: efforts toward peace.
- Favoring success or a good outcome; propitious.
- often towards Happening soon; imminent.
- Obsolete Being quick to understand or learn.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English tōweard : tō, to; see to + -weard, -ward.Usage Note: Some critics have tried to discern a semantic distinction between toward and towards, but the difference is entirely dialectal. Toward is more common in American English; towards is the predominant form in British English.