Toward

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Toward (mainly in American English)

  1. Moving in the direction of (but not necessarily arriving at).
    She moved toward the door.
  2. In relation to (someone or something).
    What are your feelings toward him?
  3. For the purpose of attaining (an aim).
    I'm saving money toward retirement.
  4. Located close to; near (a time or place).
    Our place is over toward the station.

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Toward (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Future; that which is to come.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.iv:
      ere that wished day his beame disclosd, / He either enuying my toward good, / Or of himselfe to treason ill disposd / One day vnto me came in friendly mood [...].
  2. (dated) Approaching, coming near; impending; present, at hand.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. XV, Practical — Devotional
      On the morrow […] our Lord Abbot orders the Cellerarius to send off his carpenters to demolish the said structure brevi manu, and lay up the wood in safe keeping. Old Dean Herbert, hearing what was toward, comes tottering along hither, to plead humbly for himself and his mill.
  3. Yielding, pliant; docile; ready or apt to learn; not froward.
  4. (obsolete or archaic) Promising, likely; froward.
    Why, that is spoken like a toward prince. ― Shakespeare.

Thesaurus

about, across, advantageous, against, anent, as, beneficial, brave, confronting, en route to, facing, favorable, favoring, fronting, headed for, helpful, in front of, in opposition to, in passage to, in transit to, on, on route to, opposite to, over against, propitious, to, towards, up, upon, useful, versus, vis-a-vis

Etymology

From Old English tōweard, to

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