In the direction of.
- He set his face toward the wilderness.
- Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
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- China has claimed that South Korea’s dust flies toward Shanghai.
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In relation to (someone or something).
- So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave
For the purpose of attaining (an aim).
Located close to; near (a time or place).
- I am toward nine years older since I left you.
(RQ:Spenser Faerie Queene)
(RQ:Carlyle Past and Present)&93; orders the Cellerarius to send off his carpenters to demolish the said structure ''brevi manu'', and lay up the wood in safe keeping. Old Dean Herbert, hearing what was toward, comes tottering along hither, to plead humbly for himself and his mill.
(RQ:Shakespeare Henry 6-3)
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In the direction of; (l).
(RQ:Chaucer Canterbury)|translation=Towards Saluzzo they make their journey, / From day to day they ride on their way(..)
Into the presence of.
In an exchange or communication with; to.
c. 1190 - 1215, Layamon, ''Laȝamon's Brut''
- Þe while þe he spac touward Goden.
Subject to; under the control of.
Useful for; prepared for.
In a given direction, typically toward something specific.