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towards

preposition
     
to‧wards S1 W1 especially British English, to‧ward especially American English
1

direction

used to say that someone or something moves, looks, faces etc in the direction of someone or something:
He noticed two policemen coming towards him.
All the windows face toward the river.
He was standing with his back towards me.
2

producing a result

in a process that will produce a particular result:
These negotiations are the first step toward reaching an agreement.
The crisis continued as Britain drifted towards war.
3

feeling/attitude

your feeling, attitude, or behaviour towards someone or something is how you feel or think about them or how you treat them:
Brian's attitude towards his work has always been very positive.
Her parents had been more sympathetic towards her.
4

help pay for

money put, saved, or given towards something is used to pay for it:
The money collected will be put towards repairing the church roof.
5

before

just before a particular time:
Toward the end of the afternoon it began to rain.
6

near

near a particular place:
Uncle Dick and Aunt Mavis live at High Burnton out towards the coast.

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