Toward meaning

tôrd, tə-wôrd
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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.

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Somewhat before in time.

It began to rain toward morning.

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In the direction of.

Driving toward home.

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By way of achieving; with a view to.

Efforts toward peace.

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In the direction of.

She moved toward the door.

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For the purpose of attaining (an aim).

I'm saving money toward retirement.

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In a position facing.

Had his back toward me.

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With regard to; in relation to.

An optimistic attitude toward the future.

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In furtherance or partial fulfillment of.

Contributed five dollars toward the bill.

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In the direction of.
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So as to face; facing.
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In a manner designed to achieve or along a course likely to result in; in order to get or further.

Steps toward peace.

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Concerning; regarding; about.

A negative attitude toward abstract art.

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Close to or just before (in time)

Toward daybreak.

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So as to help pay for.

To contribute toward a new library.

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Favorable; propitious.
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Ready to learn; promising.
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Docile; compliant.
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At hand; imminent.
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Being done; in progress.
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In relation to (someone or something).

What are your feelings toward him?

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Located close to; near (a time or place).

Our place is over toward the station.

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(dated) Approaching, coming near; impending; present, at hand.
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Yielding, pliant; docile; ready or apt to learn; not froward.
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Origin of toward

  • Middle English from Old English tōweard to to -weard -ward

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English tōweard, equivalent to to +"Ž -ward

    From Wiktionary