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preposition towards pronunciation in British English /təˈwɔː(r)dz/
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  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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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