Definition of toward in English:


Syllabification: to·ward
Pronunciation: /tôrd
, t(ə)ˈwôrd/


(also towards /tôrdz, t(ə)ˈwôrdz/)
1In the direction of: I walked toward the front door
More example sentences
  • He dismounted his horse and walked directly toward him, a black cape fluttering behind him.
  • She walked away from me toward the direction of her locker, and I was left on my own to search for my math class.
  • Just as I started to walk toward the direction she came from, she stopped and called after me.
in the direction of, to; on the way to, on the road to, en route to
1.1Getting closer to achieving (a goal): an irresistible move toward freedom
More example sentences
  • By trial and error, I moved toward achieving my goals, and you can do the same.
  • By increasing your metabolism, you can burn calories and move closer toward your goal of losing fat.
  • Think of prosecutorial budget-sharing as an interim goal toward still greater freedom.
1.2Close or closer to (a particular time): toward the end of April
just before, shortly before, near, around, approaching, close to, coming to, getting on for
2As regards; in relation to: he was warm and tender toward her our attitude toward death
More example sentences
  • They really were expressions of contempt and rebellion toward what his peers regarded as holy.
  • As it is officially under the State Secretariat, its content is often regarded as biased toward the government.
  • Those blockages are causes and consequences of a political culture that's oriented toward death.
3Contributing to the cost of (something): the council provided a grant toward the cost of new buses
More example sentences
  • Well, a big piece of that is that a lot of companies are having to redeploy assets toward higher energy cost.
  • The awards will be used toward the cost of studies at any Canadian university or college this fall.
  • The money you pay for your daily paper goes only toward its distribution costs.
as a contribution to, for, to help with


[predicative] archaic Back to top  
Going on; in progress: is something new toward?


Old English tōweard (see to, -ward).

Definition of toward in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day hypnopompic
Pronunciation: ˌhɪpnə(ʊ)ˈpɒmpɪk
relating to the state immediately preceding waking up