Definition of toward in English:

toward

Translate toward into Spanish

preposition

(also towards)
  • 1In the direction of.

    ‘I walked toward the front door’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When she spotted the doctor in the far right corner of the lab, she walked directly toward her.’
    • ‘The man noticed her overly attentive stare and walked directly toward her.’
    • ‘I walked off toward the direction of the house silently, not giving him a second glance.’
    • ‘The Marine and his cover man slowly walk toward the injured man, scanning to make sure no enemies come from behind.’
    • ‘As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching tips of the branches with both hands.’
    • ‘Sure enough, a skinny blond boy rose from the back and walked toward us.’
    • ‘Jim, looking resigned, walked toward the finish line as the snow turned to fat globs of freezing rain.’
    • ‘And if she was walking toward you, it was like a herd of buffalo heading your way.’
    • ‘But they then followed us on their scooters as we walked toward the castle on the Bay of Naples.’
    • ‘It's then that I realize that the black shape walking toward me is not a hiker.’
    • ‘As he turned to walk back toward me, I could see little droplets of drool forming at the corner of his mouth.’
    • ‘As I walked toward it, I was holding my breath, waiting to see how much damage had been done.’
    • ‘She tries to break away and walk toward the train and he grabs her shoulder and whips her around for a few final words.’
    • ‘I looked over my shoulder as we walked toward the shore, but I couldn't see my father.’
    • ‘In another incident, civilians are walking toward a building carrying a white flag.’
    • ‘They are walking toward the camera, perfect teeth lighting up their pretty faces.’
    • ‘There was an archway, and there was his father coming toward him, walking with a cane.’
    in the direction of, to, toward, so as to approach, so as to near
    1. 1.1Getting closer to achieving (a goal)
      ‘an irresistible move toward freedom’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It must take practical steps to move the world toward greater freedoms and human rights.’
      • ‘The best part about knowing your goals and taking steps toward achieving them is that it puts you in charge of your own destiny.’
      • ‘Areas designed to give employees relief from their workspaces can go a long way toward achieving that goal.’
      • ‘Here are two practices to achieve consistent advancement toward your goals.’
      • ‘More than a year passed before the city took steps toward achieving that goal.’
      • ‘One of the most important steps toward achieving this goal is eliminating the gender pay gap.’
      • ‘We have to believe in a goal so strongly that our actions point toward achieving that goal.’
      • ‘The bigger risk is the question of whether the president's strategy is moving us toward that goal.’
      • ‘Where is this going, what is victory, are we moving toward advancing our goals?’
      • ‘Commit several minutes to reflecting on how to keep moving toward achieving personal happiness.’
      • ‘The movement into modern society was imagined as a move away from tradition and constraint and toward freedom.’
      • ‘They love to talk about accountability but seem petrified of allowing even small steps toward freedom.’
      • ‘But this path toward freedom is accessible to all who would make the sacrifices it entails.’
      • ‘Great nations of the world are moving toward democracy - through the door to freedom.’
      • ‘The end of the Cold War brought a measure of freedom and a movement toward democracy in much of the former Soviet domains.’
      • ‘When the demystified word can be read clearly, our defiance becomes the first step toward freedom.’
      • ‘I believe he is in agreement with that approach and that he and his staff are working toward that goal.’
      with the aim of, in order to obtain, in order to achieve, so as to achieve, for
    2. 1.2Close or closer to (a particular time)
      • ‘toward the end of April’
      just before, shortly before, near, nearing, around, approaching, close to, coming to, getting on for, not quite
  • 2As regards; in relation to.

    ‘he was warm and tender toward her’
    • ‘our attitude toward death’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You're feeling so tender toward the world that you might be tempted to reach out to a former enemy.’
    • ‘For him, the experience led to an understanding of his mission in life and a peaceful feeling toward death.’
    • ‘Jewish funerals and mourning are characterized by a sense of frankness toward the reality of death.’
    • ‘He told me about his feelings toward his mom's death, and I talked to him about my finals.’
    • ‘She began to search for a way out, but she soon found herself apathetic toward her own death.’
    • ‘Others listened because of his friendly outgoing nature and warm compassion he showed toward others.’
    • ‘None of this can have warmed London's heart toward intellectuals, real or fraudulent.’
    • ‘What really warmed me toward Veneman has nothing to do with her experience, though.’
    • ‘Why was she suddenly having these warm feelings toward a guy who didn't even like her!’
    • ‘He was already bitter toward his creator, blaming God for the death of his beloved wife and unborn child.’
    • ‘Brett discusses his anger toward the world in general after his mother's death.’
    • ‘I'm not a huge advocate of long distance relationships, so my opinions toward them may be a bit skewed.’
    • ‘Americans tend to have unique ideas regarding how allied nations behave toward one another.’
    • ‘The higher the number, the warmer or more favorable you feel toward that group.’
    • ‘Mungo uses the language of commerce to convey his utmost tenderness toward Betty.’
    • ‘Instead, it is a certain awareness of the presence of others, regardless of what we feel toward them.’
    with regard to, as regards, regarding, in regard to, with regard to, in respect to, with respect to, respecting, in relation to, concerning, about, in connection with, apropos
  • 3Contributing to the cost of (something)

    ‘the council provided a grant toward the cost of new buses’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These fees go toward the cost of selling the funds, which often means to the broker.’
    • ‘His sister, he said, also was working the course and was contributing her earnings toward the rifle.’
    • ‘We wish to thank several individuals who have contributed toward the completion of this research.’
    • ‘Employers may contribute some money toward the deductible, but workers often pay all or part.’
    • ‘A pension could have at least provided a welcome contribution toward the veteran's support.’
    • ‘It's true that your contribution probably won't go toward a GED course or a present for mom.’
    • ‘The employer's contribution toward healthcare has been a part of their compensation.’
    • ‘Some provide partial payment toward the purchase and installation of water meters.’
    • ‘The extra coverage will provide some money toward a replacement car if the vehicle is stolen.’
    as a contribution to, for, as a help to, to help, to assist, supporting, promoting, assisting

Pronunciation

toward

/tôrd/ /tɔrd/ /t(ə)ˈwôrd/ /t(ə)ˈwɔrd/

adjective

archaic predicative
  • Going on; in progress.

    • ‘is something new toward?’

Pronunciation

toward

/tôrd/ /tɔrd/ /t(ə)ˈwôrd/ /t(ə)ˈwɔrd/

Origin

Old English tōweardes(see to, -ward).