Definition of towards preposition from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//təˈwɔːdz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrdz//
    (also toward
    BrE BrE//təˈwɔːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrd//
    especially in North American English
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  1. 1  in the direction of somebody/something They were heading towards the German border. She had her back towards me.
  2. 2  getting closer to achieving something This is a first step towards political union.
  3. 3  close or closer to a point in time towards the end of April
  4. 4  in relation to somebody/something He was warm and tender towards her. our attitude towards death
  5. 5with the aim of obtaining something, or helping somebody to obtain something The money will go towards a new school building (= will help pay for it).
  6. Word OriginOld English tōweardes (see to, -ward).