Pronunciation: ( —prep. tôrd, tōrd, tu-wôrd', twôrd, twōrd; —adj.tôrd, tōrd),[key] —prep.Also,to•wards'. 1. in the direction of: to walk toward the river. 2. with a view to obtaining or having; for: They're saving money toward a new house. 3. in the area or vicinity of; near: Our cabin is toward the top of the hill. 4. turned to; facing: Her back was toward me. 5. shortly before; close to: toward midnight. 6. as a help or contribution to: to give money toward a person's expenses. 7. with respect to; as regards: his attitude toward women.
—adj. 1. about to come soon; imminent.
2. going on; in progress; afoot: There is work toward. 3. propitious; favorable.
4. Obs. a. promising or apt, as a student.
b. compliant; docile.