previous next
Toward, prep. (usually monosyll., sometimes dissyll.), 1) in a direction to: “leads t. Mantua,” Gent. V, 2, 47. “runnest t. him still,” Meas. III, 1, 13. “t. that shade addrest,” LLL V, 2, 92. “sighed his soul t. the Grecian tents,” Merch. V, 5; cf. “I have t. heaven breathed a secret vow,” III, 4, 27. my father's (house) “bears more t. the market-place,” Shr. V, 1, 10. “the clear stones t. the south north,” Tw. IV, 2, 41. “what incidency of harm is creeping t. me,” Wint. I, 2, 404. H6B IV, 2, 198. R3 I, 4, 13. H8 II, 4, 165. Mcb. II, 1, 34. Ant. III, 10, 31. Cymb. II, 2, 20 etc.
Often quite equivalent to to: “and then go It. Arragon,” Ado III, 2, 2. “I must away this night t. Padua,” Merch. IV, 1, 403. “fly t. Belmont,” Merch. IV, 1, 403 “his big manly voice, turning again t. childish treble,” As II, 7, 162. “once more t. our father's,” Shr. IV, 5, 1. “go thou t. home,” All's II, 5, 95. “upon which errand I now go t. him,” Wint. V, 1, 232. “it draws t. supper in conclusion so,” John I, 204. “away t. Bury, to the Dauphin there,” IV, 3, 114. “tell him, t. Swinstead, to the abbey there,” V, 3, 8. “arrows fled not swifter t. their aim,” H4B I, 1, 123. “now dispatch we t. the court,” IV, 3, 82. “it now draws t. night,” H5 III, 6, 179. “in travel t. his warlike father,” H6A IV, 3, 36. “to-morrow t. London back again,” H6B II, 1, 201. “marched t. Saint Albans,” H6C II, 1, 114. “they hold their course t. Tewksbury,” V, 3, 19. “post t. the north,” R3 III, 2, 17. “shall we t. the Tower?” R3 III, 2, 17 119 (Qq to). “when mine oratory drew t. end,” III, 7, 20 (Qq grew to an end). “let us t. the king,” Mcb. I, 3, 152 etc.
2) tending to, aiming at and contributing to; for: “t. the education of your daughters I here bestow a simple instrument,” Shr. II, 99. “to use 'em t. a supply of money,” Tim. II, 2, 200. “if it be aught t. the general good,” Caes. I, 2, 85. “by doing every thing safe t. your love and honour,” Mcb. I, 4, 27. cf. H5 IV, 8, 4 and Tim. V, 1, 23.
3) to, in a moral sense: “no love t. others in that bosom sits,” Sonn. 9, 13. “in his love t. her ever most kind and natural,” Meas. III, 1, 229. “wherein t. me my homely stars have failed,” All's II, 5, 80. “this was a great argument of love in her t. you,” Tw. III, 2, 13. “disobedience and ingratitude to you and t. your friend,” Wint. III, 2, 70. “have misdemeaned yourself t. the king,” H8 V, 3, 15. “they confess t. thee forget fulness,” Tim. V, 1, 147. “cold-hearted t. me,” Ant. III, 13, 158.
4) Denoting a person referred to in a question, == with: “I will be thy adversary t. Anne Page,” Wiv. II, 3, 99. “your loving motion t. the common body, to yield what passes here,” Cor. II, 2, 57 (cf. “towards:” Cor. V, 1, 41. Cymb. II, 3, 68).
hide Dictionary Entry Lookup
Use this tool to search for dictionary entries in all lexica.
Search for in
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: