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towards

preposition uk   /təˈwɔːdz/ us    /tʊˈwɔːrdz/ mainly UK ( also mainly US toward)

towards preposition (MOVEMENT)

B1 in the direction of, or closer to someone or something: She stood up and walked towards him. He leaned towards his wife and whispered, "Can we go home soon?" She kept glancing towards the phone. The country seems to be drifting towards war. There is a trend towards healthier eating among all sectors of the population.
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towards preposition (RELATION)

B2 in relation to something or someone: They've always been very friendly towards me. There has been a change in government policy towards energy efficiency. He feels a lot of anger/hostility/antagonism/animosity towards his father. A lot of people think that most newspapers are biased towards one particular political party.
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towards preposition (POSITION)

C1 near to, just before, or around a time or place: Our seats were towards the back of the theatre. I often get hungry towards the middle of the morning. We're getting towards winter and it's getting dark earlier.
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towards preposition (PURPOSE)

C1 for the purpose of buying or achieving something: I'm saving up to buy a car, and Dad has given me some money towards it. Would you like to make a contribution (= give some money) towards a present for Linda? The work that students do during the term counts towards their final grade.
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