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preposition     towards pronunciation in British English
/təˈwɔː(r)dz/    towards pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    used for saying in which direction someone or something is going, facing, or looking

    a stream of traffic speeding towards West London

    I saw Joanna hurrying towards me along the drive.

    Victor was standing with his back towards me.

    She directed a brief glance towards 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 towards you at the moment.

    the Church’s attitude towards divorce

    international policy towards 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 towards European unity

    Not much has been done towards improving safety.

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  4. 4
    near a time or place
    1. a.
      a little before a particular time

      I’ll phone you some time towards the end of the week.

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

    2. b.
      not far from a particular place or position

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

      Towards the edge of the wood there were patches of yellow primroses.

  5. 5
    in order to help to pay for something

    I would be happy to contribute towards the cost of the petrol.

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