toward Definition

  • 1in the direction of
  • 2with regard to
  • 3about to do something

Using toward: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "toward" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He walked toward the door.

  • Example

    She has a positive attitude toward life.

  • Example

    I'm working toward my goals.

  • Example

    The company is moving toward a more sustainable business model.

toward Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for toward

Antonyms for toward

  • away from
  • opposite to

Idioms Using toward

  • as something is approaching its conclusion


    Toward the end of the movie, the plot twists became more intense.

  • hold a grudge or resentment towards someone


    Ever since he lost the competition to her, he's had a chip on his shoulder toward her.

  • make progress or move closer to achieving something


    By saving money each month, I am taking a step toward buying a house.

Phrases with toward

  • have a tendency or inclination towards something


    I lean toward a plant-based diet for health reasons.

  • be designed or intended for a particular purpose or audience


    This product is geared toward young adults who are interested in fitness.

  • make progress in achieving a goal or objective


    I am working toward a promotion at work.

Origins of toward

from Old English 'tóweard', meaning 'in the direction of'


Summary: toward in Brief

'Toward' [tôrd] is a preposition that indicates direction, intention, or relation. It can be used to describe physical movement, as in 'He walked toward the door,' or attitudes and beliefs, as in 'She has a positive attitude toward life.' 'Toward' also appears in idioms like 'toward the end,' which means approaching the conclusion, and 'take a step toward something,' which means making progress.

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