to·ward /ˈto(ə)rd, ˈtɔ(ə)rd/
To·ward, To·wards prep.
1. In the direction of; to.
He set his face toward the wilderness. --Num. xxiv. 1.
The waves make towards the pebbled shore. --Shak.
2. With direction to, in a moral sense; with respect or reference to; regarding; concerning.
His eye shall be evil toward his brother. --Deut. xxviii. 54.
Herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men. --Acts xxiv. 16.
3. Tending to; in the direction of; in behalf of.
This was the first alarm England received towards any trouble. --Clarendom.
4. Near; about; approaching to.
I am toward nine years older since I left you. --Swift.
To·ward, To·wards adv. Near; at hand; in state of preparation.
Do you hear sught, sir, of a battle toward ? --Shak.
We have a trifling foolish banquet Towards. --Shak.
1. Approaching; coming near. “His toward peril.”
2. Readly to do or learn; compliant with duty; not froward; apt; docile; tractable; as, a toward youth.
3. Ready to act; forward; bold; valiant.
Why, that is spoken like a toward prince. --Shak.