- to|ward [ tɔrd, tə`wɔrd ] or to|wards [ tɔrdz, tə`wɔrdz ] preposition ***1. ) in a particular direction used for saying in which direction someone or something is going, facing, or looking:a stream of traffic speeding toward the cityI saw Joanna hurrying toward me along the sidewalk.Victor was standing with his back toward me.She directed a brief glance toward Peter.a path leading towards the river2. ) concerning someone/something used when saying how you feel about someone or something or how you treat them:He's not feeling very friendly toward you at the moment.the Church's attitude toward divorceinternational policy toward Iraq3. ) nearer to a particular result used for showing how a process is developing in a way that will produce a particular result:progress toward European unityNot much has been done toward improving safety.4. ) near a time or placea ) a little before a particular time:I'll call you some time toward the end of the week.It was toward midnight when finally she sent the children off to bed.b ) not far from a particular place or position:Caroline's name appeared toward the bottom of the list.Toward the edge of the forest there were patches of yellow primroses.5. ) helping to pay for something if money goes toward something, it helps to pay for it:The money will go toward building new homes for poor villagers.I would be happy to contribute a little toward the cost of the gas.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.