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towardpreposition

 us   /tɔrd, toʊrd, twɔrd, twoʊrd/ (also towards,  /tɔrdz, toʊrdz, twɔrdz, twoʊrdz/ )
  • toward preposition (MOVEMENT)

in the ​direction of; ​closer to: She ​stood up and ​walked toward him. The ​hurricane is ​heading toward Florida.
  • toward preposition (RELATION)

in ​relation to: Their ​attitudes toward politicians have ​changed.
  • toward preposition (POSITION)

near to; just before or around: Our ​seats were toward the back of the ​theater. Harry’s ​book will be ​published toward the end of the ​year.
  • toward preposition (PURPOSE)

for the ​purpose of (​buying or ​achieving something): I’m ​saving up to ​buy a ​car, and Dad gave me some ​money toward it. Government should be ​working toward a ​cleanerenvironment. How much does this ​examcount toward ​ourfinalgrade?
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