towards

to|wards
W1S1 [təˈwo:dz US to:rdz, two:rdz] prep especially BrE to|ward [təˈwo:d US to:rd, two:rd] especially AmE
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1¦(direction)¦
2¦(producing a result)¦
3¦(feeling/attitude)¦
4¦(help pay for)¦
5¦(before)¦
6¦(near)¦
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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.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Towards — To wards, prep. & adv. See {Toward}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • towards — [tôrdz; tōrdz, tō′ərdz; twôrdz; too wôrdz′, təwôrdz′] prep. 〚ME towardes < OE toweardes < toweard + adv. gen. ( e)s〛 TOWARD * * * to·wards (tôrdz, tōrdz, tə wôrdzʹ) prep. Variant of toward. adj. Variant of toward. * * * …   Universalium

  • towards — (chiefly N. Amer. also toward) ► PREPOSITION 1) in the direction of. 2) getting nearer to (a time or goal). 3) in relation to. 4) contributing to the cost of. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • towards — [tôrdz; tōrdz, tō′ərdz; twôrdz; too wôrdz′, təwôrdz′] prep. [ME towardes < OE toweardes < toweard + adv. gen. ( e)s] TOWARD …   English World dictionary

  • towards — [[t]təwɔ͟ː(r)dz, AM tɔ͟ːrdz[/t]] ♦ (in AM and sometimes in BRIT, use toward) 1) PREP If you move, look, or point towards something or someone, you move, look, or point in their direction. Caroline leant across the table towards him... Anne left… …   English dictionary

  • towards */*/*/ — UK [təˈwɔː(r)dz] / US [təˈwɔrdz] preposition 1) in a particular direction used for saying in which direction someone or something is going, facing, or looking a stream of traffic speeding towards West London I saw Joanna hurrying towards me along …   English dictionary

  • towards — especially BrE to.ward especially AmE preposition 1 moving, looking, or pointing in a particular direction: He noticed two policemen coming towards him. | All the windows face toward the river. | He was standing with his back towards me. 2 if you …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • towards*/*/*/ — [təˈwɔːdz] preposition 1) going, facing, or looking in a particular direction I saw Joanna hurrying towards me.[/ex] Victor was standing with his back towards me.[/ex] a path leading towards the river[/ex] 2) used when saying how you feel about… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • Towards — Toward To ward, Towards To wards, prep.[AS. ? impending, imminent, future, toward, ? towards. See {To}, and {ward}, {wards}.] 1. In the direction of; to. [1913 Webster] He set his face toward the wilderness. Num. xxiv. 1. [1913 Webster] The waves …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • towards — /təˈwɔdz / (say tuh wawdz), /tɔdz / (say tawdz) preposition 1. in the direction of (with reference to either motion or position): to walk towards the north. 2. with respect to; as regards: one s attitude towards a proposition. 3. nearly as late… …   Australian English dictionary

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