towards Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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towardspreposition

uk   /təˈwɔːdz/  us /tɔːrdz/ 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 ​homesoon?" She ​keptglancing towards the ​phone. The ​countryseems to be ​drifting towards ​war. There is a ​trend towards ​healthiereating 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 ​governmentpolicy towards ​energyefficiency. He ​feels a lot of ​anger/​hostility/​antagonism/​animosity towards his ​father. A lot of ​peoplethink that most ​newspapers are ​biased towards one ​particularpoliticalparty.
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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 ​darkearlier.
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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 ​termcounts towards ​theirfinalgrade.
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(Definition of towards from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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