Meaning of towards in English:


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(mainly North American toward)
  • 1In the direction of.

    ‘they drove towards the German frontier’
    • ‘Both vehicles were travelling in the same direction, from Pickering towards Thornton-le-Dale.’
    • ‘All three vehicles were travelling towards York from the direction of Pocklington at the time of the accident.’
    • ‘Fearing for her safety, she changed direction and walked towards Faraday Road.’
    • ‘Both men then ran off in the direction of Cravewood Road towards Cheetham Hill shopping parade.’
    • ‘However, there is a mother running in the opposite direction towards her family.’
    • ‘I crunched my way in a south easterly direction towards the first of two subsidiary tops.’
    • ‘Stephen's new pad is located out towards the Enniskerry direction of Dublin.’
    • ‘Several curious onlookers turn their heads towards the direction of the laughter.’
    • ‘I watched her and walked in the opposite direction, towards my father's house.’
    • ‘People start running towards us from both directions, clearly intent on rescue.’
    • ‘As they broke out, moving in a southwesterly direction towards the foothills, they were met with artillery fire.’
    • ‘All four turned in the direction of John running towards them waving a piece of paper in his hand.’
    • ‘I started towards the direction of his house when a broken down blue truck pulled up next to me.’
    • ‘Toni made a mocking snicker and turned back in the other direction towards the school.’
    • ‘They ran off in different directions - one towards the car, and the other into the reserve.’
    • ‘He sighed hopelessly as he slowly began to walk back towards the direction he came from.’
    • ‘She grabbed the boy's arm but he waved her away and took off towards the other direction.’
    • ‘A spired tower rose on the horizon, and I altered my direction slightly to head towards it.’
    • ‘He took a few breaths of the air and dragged himself towards the direction of the shops.’
    • ‘An employee of the plant recognised the forklift truck as it was driven down the road towards William Street and called the police.’
    in the direction of, to, toward, so as to approach, so as to near
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    1. 1.1Getting closer to achieving (a goal)
      ‘moves towards EU political and monetary union’
      • ‘For those of you who have worked towards or achieved this goal was it a permanent thing or a temporary experience?’
      • ‘Many assume evolution works towards achieving a certain goal, like intelligence.’
      • ‘What is the power of any president to move towards his goals if there will be thousands killed, half of them children?’
      • ‘Those same countries will be moving even faster towards political as well as financial integration.’
      • ‘Setting out future goals is a pointless task if steps are not taken towards achieving them.’
      • ‘We can begin to move from political radicalisation towards the industrial radicalisation that is just beginning.’
      • ‘We have to now move towards mass political action and I don't mean just blockades.’
      • ‘This energetic new group is locked on a mission for fame and are moving in leaps and bounds towards their goal.’
      • ‘If we believe it now we will never move towards achieving minimum labour standards internationally.’
      • ‘He spent a year as a novice working towards this goal, which was achieved in 1608.’
      • ‘The authors have signalled their intention to move towards an annual political review.’
      • ‘All the children are working towards their own individual goals.’
      • ‘Tomorrow night they will headline the venue - and take another step towards achieving their ambitions.’
      • ‘It can do nothing more than react to difficulties because it has no overriding or higher goal towards which it is striving.’
      • ‘A celebrity football match helped a school head towards its fund raising goal.’
      • ‘We have commitment from all staff, in both clinical and supporting areas, to work towards common goals.’
      • ‘For the first time I felt part of a team working towards some goals, and felt the company was actually organised!’
      • ‘A cherished memory from almost 20 years ago has helped keep her heading towards her goal.’
      • ‘All I can do is work towards these goals, and do my utmost to make things work.’
      • ‘He admitted that he was no more king of the waves than he was king of the country, but he was keen to work towards both goals.’
      with the aim of, in order to obtain, in order to achieve, so as to achieve, for
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    2. 1.2Close or closer to (a particular time)
      • ‘towards the end of April’
      just before, shortly before, near, nearing, around, approaching, close to, coming to, getting on for, not quite
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  • 2Expressing the relation between behaviour or an attitude and the person or thing at which it is directed or with which it is concerned.

    ‘he was warm and tender towards her’
    • ‘our attitude towards death’
    • ‘The law is, of course, important in defining public attitudes towards particular types of behaviour.’
    • ‘The website suggests a no-nonsense attitude towards unruly behaviour on the court.’
    • ‘It was put to you that it has previously been necessary to speak to you about your attitude and behaviour towards female colleagues.’
    • ‘There is a wider disagreement between us concerning the attitude towards power that we on the left should adopt.’
    • ‘Where it differs is in the state's attitude towards the behaviour of its immigrants.’
    • ‘It was tempting to condemn him for his attitude and his behaviour towards the girl.’
    • ‘Stereotypes should be challenged and unhealthy attitudes towards relationships with women revised.’
    • ‘The film's attitude towards death movingly, but objectively, strikes the right note.’
    • ‘The difference lies in their attitudes towards death and that's just the beginning.’
    • ‘Our attitudes towards life intermix, along with our attitudes towards relationships.’
    • ‘Cecil was a staunch Protestant but, like the king, took a relatively tolerant attitude towards Catholics.’
    • ‘In fact her uninhibited attitude towards sex and relationships often catches the people around her unawares.’
    • ‘Her attitude towards men and relationships was frustrating to say the least.’
    • ‘Today the changes in the way women live have led to a seismic shift in attitudes towards sex and family relationships.’
    • ‘Attitudes towards the relationship between genius and madness are a good example.’
    • ‘Do you practice a certain kind of diet or a certain attitude towards relationships and so forth?’
    • ‘I believe however that I was misquoted regarding my attitudes towards the school system.’
    • ‘The frenzied urgency of the announcement reveals another interesting aspect of his attitude towards the job.’
    • ‘It is that philosophy which informs his attitude towards technology.’
    • ‘The school's attitude towards the buses is part of its positive discipline policy introduced three years ago.’
    with regard to, as regards, regarding, in regard to, with regard to, in respect to, with respect to, respecting, in relation to, concerning, about, in connection with, apropos
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  • 3Contributing to the cost of.

    ‘the council provided a grant towards the cost of new buses’
    • ‘In-Step does offer a small grant towards the cost of the stay, which should ensure no-one is out of pocket.’
    • ‘Surely, if the technology is there, the government could use its windfall to give grants towards the cost.’
    • ‘There are grants available towards costs incurred while developing a business idea.’
    • ‘These are some of your contributions towards the costs of providing residential aged care.’
    • ‘The boards failed to apply the rule properly and reduced a nursing home grant towards the cost of living in a home.’
    • ‘The grant is towards the cost of computer training courses for lone parents and disabled people.’
    • ‘Arguably, these poorer students deserve some sort of grant towards their living costs.’
    • ‘Furthermore, many lenders will make a contribution towards remortgaging costs by paying solicitor fees.’
    • ‘Now villagers at Elvington are hoping City of York Council will make its own contribution towards the costs.’
    • ‘Parents will be able to claim towards any out-of-hours childcare costs through the working families tax credit.’
    • ‘Parents will get some help towards the cost of childcare - if they earn less than £59,000.’
    • ‘The national lottery money will be put towards the total cost of the project, which is £768,000.’
    • ‘The national centre will receive £13 million towards running costs over the first ten years.’
    • ‘The raffle raised £873 to help towards the cost of replacing the stolen items.’
    • ‘I understand from speaking to Sylvia that in certain cases funding may be available towards the cost of these courses.’
    • ‘The aim was to raise up to £2,000 towards the cost of books, DVDs and videos for the school library.’
    • ‘The event raised more than £2,300 towards the cost of art and sports equipment.’
    • ‘Each first responder group has to help raise money towards the cost of the team's first aid kit that is held by whichever member is on duty.’
    • ‘They also declined a prosecution application for her to pay £120 towards the costs of the case.’
    • ‘The ministry would not discuss whether it would help towards the cost of flying bereaved families to America.’
    as a contribution to, for, as a help to, to help, to assist, supporting, promoting, assisting
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/təˈwɔːdz/ /ˈtəʊədz/ /ˈtɔːədz/ /tɔːdz/


Old English tōweardes(see to, -ward).