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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 cleaner environment. How much does this exam count toward our final grade?
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