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preposition     toward pronunciation in American English
/tɔrd/    toward pronunciation in American English

or towards     towards pronunciation in American English
/tɔrdz/    towards pronunciation in American English

  1. 1
    used for saying in which direction someone or something is going, facing, or looking

    a stream of traffic speeding toward the city

    I saw Joanna hurrying toward me along the sidewalk.

    Victor was standing with his back toward me.

    She directed a brief glance toward Peter.

    a path leading towards the river

  2. 2
    used when saying how you feel about someone or something or how you treat them

    He’s not feeling very friendly toward you at the moment.

    the Church’s attitude toward divorce

    international policy toward Iraq

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  3. 3
    used for showing how a process is developing in a way that will produce a particular result

    progress toward European unity

    Not much has been done toward improving safety.

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  4. 4
    a little before a particular time

    I’ll call you some time toward the end of the week.

    It was toward midnight when finally she sent the children off to bed.

    1. a.
      not far from a particular place or position

      Caroline’s name appeared toward the bottom of the list.

      Toward the edge of the forest there were patches of yellow primroses.

  5. 5
    in order to help to pay for something

    I would be happy to contribute a little toward the cost of the gas.

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