In the direction of: driving toward home. In a position facing: had his back toward me. Somewhat before in time: It began to rain toward morning. With regard to; in relation to: an optimistic attitude toward the future. In furtherance or partial fulfillment of: contributed five dollars toward the bill. By way of achieving; with a view to: efforts toward peace. Favoring success or a good outcome; propitious. Happening soon; imminent. Obsolete Being quick to understand or learn.