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preposition toward pronunciation in American English /tɔrd/toward pronunciation in American English /təˈwɔrd/
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or towards toward pronunciation in American English /tɔrdz/toward pronunciation in American English /təˈwɔrdz/

  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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